The fundamental transformation of America continues...
Make no mistake, this is not the Pentagon, this is not the military, this is not Defense Sec. Ash Carter, this is Obama, plain and simple. It comes from the top.
In a historic move, the Pentagon on Thursday lifted its ban on allowing transgender men and women to serve openly in the military.
The announcement at the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter follows extensive study by the U.S. military to remove one of the last discriminatory hurdles for military service, treating gender identity on par with race, religion, color, sex or sexual orientation.
“Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission,” Carter said. “We have to have access to 100% of America’s population for our all-volunteer force to be able to recruit from among them the most highly qualified -- and to retain them.”
The move came nearly five years after the formal end of "don't ask, don't tell," a 17-year-old policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.