The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military last year under Defense Secretary Ash Carter. That repeal was one of the last barriers to serving in the military, and came after a 2011 decision to end the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian people serving.
Each military branch was instructed to examine their “readiness to begin assessing transgender applicants into military service on July 1, 2017.”
In the memo, dated 8 May, Defense Secretary Robert Work instructed chiefs of each military branch and service secretaries to submit their reports by 31 May.
A Pentagon spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.