Military could lift ban on transgender members

In this photo taken on April 19, 2015, one of the 20 female soldiers, top left, who is among the 400 students who qualified to begin Ranger School, does lunges in between obstacles on the Darby Queen, one of the toughest obstacle courses in U.S. Army training, at Fort Benning, Ga. Two women have passed the Army’s grueling Ranger test, but tougher and more dangerous jobs could lie ahead, senior officials told The Associated Press. The military services are poised to allow women to serve in most front-line combat jobs, including as special operations forces. (Robin Trimarchi/Ledger-Enquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

U.S. (KXAN) — The U.S. military could soon lift a ban on transgender members. Defense officials say a plan could be finalized as soon as Monday and signed off on Wednesday.

If the plan is put into place this week, it could officially go into effect by next week. Defense secretary Ash Carter announced last year that the transgender ban would be lifted unless a review could prove it would negatively impact the military.

Currently, the U.S. military says they disqualify transgender troops for medical reasons.

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