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In a first, openly transgender recruit signs up for U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A transgender recruit has signed a contract to join the U.S. military for the first time since a federal court ruled late last year that the military would have to accept openly transgender people, the Pentagon said on Monday. Military officials do not know how many transgender people have begun to enlist since Jan. 1, when the Defense Department began accepting openly transgender recruits, but this is the first time one has officially signed a contract to join the military. “(The Pentagon) confirms that as of February 23, 2018 there is one transgender individual under contract for service in the US Military,” Major David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said. The person has signed a contract but not yet started basic training. In a move that appealed to his hard-line conservative supporters, President Donald Trump announced in July that he would proh...

Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-transgend...

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