Beginning today, transgender individuals can join the US military

The Pentagon is complying with a federal court order from last month.

A total of four lawsuits are moving through courts across the country challenging Trump’s order.

The Pentagon’s compliance on Monday only applies to allowing transgender individuals seeking to join the military. Separate court actions have temporarily halted the implementation of the ban on current transgender service members set to take place this spring.

New guidelines for entry

Under the guidelines effective Monday, applicants will be allowed to join the military if a medical provider certifies they have been stable without “clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning” for 18 months.

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