Will transgender soldiers receive adequate healthcare?
The Military Health System provides medical care for all soldiers, and this will not change for transgender soldiers, according to BuzzFeed News. All medical procedures, like breast augmentation and hormonal injections, will be covered by the military's health insurance policy.
So, transgender soldiers will receive adequate healthcare coverage for all of their basic needs. Now, that's a victory.
These new guidelines will go in effect in October, and transgender soldiers will be able to join next July.
"This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force," Carter said. "We're talking about talented Americans who are serving with distinction or who want the opportunity to serve. We can't allow barriers unrelated to a person's qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission."