[Ed. – It’s utter BS for the media to refer to this as “lifting the ban on transgender troops.” Transgender troops aren’t banned. The military just doesn’t turn itself inside out to accommodate any special demands made by transgender troops. You wear the uniform and use the facilities prescribed for your biological sex — unless, of course, someone up the chain of command has already ordered on a case-by-case basis that you be specially accommodated. The order on 1 July will require the services to spend money on systematic, a priori accommodations. Whatever those might be. They change with the wind. This will do nothing whatsoever to enhance national defense readiness.]
The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on transgender service members July 1, a controversial decision that would end nearly a year of internal wrangling among the services on how to allow those troops to serve openly, according to Defense officials.
Top personnel officials plan to meet as early as Monday to finalize details of the plan, and Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work could sign off on it by Wednesday, according to a Defense official familiar with the timetable but who spoke on condition of anonymity because officials were not authorized to speak publicly about it. Final approval would come from Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and the announcement will be on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend.
The plan would direct each branch of the armed services over a one-year period to implement new policies affecting recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops, one official said.