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Pentagon ends ban on transgender people serving in US military

 US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

The US military is ending its ban on openly serving transgender service members, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement today.

Carter said effective immediately, US service members would be able to serve openly and could not be discharged simply on the basis of their gender identity.

The repeal comes five years after a 2011 decision to end the US military's ban on gays and lesbians serving openly, despite fears - which proved unfounded - that such a move would be too great a burden in wartime and would undermine readiness.

This year the US Army welcomed its new secretary, Eric Fanning, who is the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in US history.

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