The Pentagon will begin processing transgender applicants to the military. This process will officially begin on January 1, 2018, according to CNN.
Early Monday morning, a federal judge declined the request by the US government to put a hold on an order allowing transgender individuals to enter the military beginning in January. The decision means, in short, that transgender people will be free to enter the military next year, despite efforts to prevent this by certain individuals in the federal government and the Trump administration.
"In sum, having carefully considered all of the evidence before it, the Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018," Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said.
The Pentagon said that it is "planning to prepare to access transgender persons" beginning on January 1. Last week the Pentagon also announced that it has established a panel of experts to propose recommendations on the issue of accepting transgender recruits, in response to the series of federal court orders regarding Trump's policy to prohibit the recruit of transgender persons.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders remarked that the Department of Justice is "reviewing the legal options" on the court order. The Trump administration is certainly not happy with the decision, and will probably work to challenge the ruling in whatever way possible.
“As of right now, they’re simply complying with a court order and preparing to implement a previous policy to remain in compliance," Sanders said, according to USA Today. "The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the legal options to ensure that the president’s directive can be implemented.”
Last year, the Obama administration announced that the Pengaton would begin to accept transgender recruits in the summer of 2017. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however, delayed the implementation of Obama's policy until the beginning of 2018.
Last week, the Justice Department asked a federal court to further delay the implementation, but their request was unsuccessful.
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