President Biden today followed through on his campaign promise to overturn the ban on transgender Americans serving in the military put in place by former President Trump.
The ban had affected nearly 15,000 service members by discharging people for not living as their sex assigned at birth and baring openly transgender recruits.
“Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force,” the Biden Administration said in a statement. “Simply put, it’s the right thing to do and is in our national interest.”
Additionally, Biden ordered military records to be corrected if service members were discharged or denied reenlistment or continued service due to gender identity.