The Pentagon is expected to announce its new policy on transgender troops this week after six months of legal battles that started with President Trump's tweets calling for a ban on their service. The new policy will replace rules adopted during the Obama administration that allowed transgender troops to serve openly for the first time. Those rules also set up procedures that gave transgender troops access to medical treatment and policies for recruiters to accept applications from transgender volunteers for military service.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.