Win Mcnamee / Getty Images
The US military plan to integrate transgender troops by July 1 instead has been delayed by at least six months, according to the Associated Press, which reported that the US military services chiefs asked for more time to complete integration.
Under guidelines established in 2016, the service branches had until the end of the current month to outline how they would each bring transgender troops into the fold. While at least 5,000 transgender service members are currently in the military’s active duty forces, the services were crafting policy on the final step in the guidelines: how to recruit and integrate new troops.
Instead, the Army and Air Force asked for two more years to finish studying how to welcome transgender troops, officials with the branches told BuzzFeed News. The Navy, on the other hand, said it would be ready by July 1 but has asked the Pentagon for an additional year, given a request by the Marines Corps, which falls under the Navy's pu..