President Biden has repealed Donald Trump’s ban on transgender Americans joining the military.
According to BBC, the ban was announced by Mr Trump during his first year in office.
“Transgender servicemembers will no longer be subject to the possibility of discharge or separation on the basis of gender identity,” the White House said.
The Department of Defence data analysed by the Palm Centre, a non-profit group, revealed that there were 8,980 active duty transgender troops in 2019.
“President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America’s strength is found in its diversity,” the White House statement added.
A retired army general, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, spoke of the need to rescind the ban during his Senate confirmation hearing last week.
“If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve,” he said