Naval Academy Will Enforce Pentagon’s Transgender Ban Starting Next Year

United States Naval Academy Hendron Climb Commencement week 2015
Family and friends of Navy Plebes, Midshipmen and Graduates enjoy the day walking around the manicured lawns and grounds at the United States Naval Academy on May 18, 2015 during Commissioning week in Annapolis, Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year.

The Defense Department confirmed the policy change to the Capital Gazette on Monday. The school in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and retains midshipmen who transition to another gender.

The change follows a policy shift under the Trump Administration to bar people who are transgender from serving in the military. The new policy applies to students enrolled in the 2020-21 school year and beyond.

The Obama Administration lifted restrictions on transgender service members in 2016. It allows them to serve openly and covered gender affirmation surgery.

Midshipman Regan Kibby, currently enrolled in the academy, is one of six service members suing the Trump administration over its ban.

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