U.S. Naval Academy to bar transgender people

Activists protest 45's proposed ban on transgender servicemembers in July 2017. The directive was officially sent on Aug. 25, 2017. (Photo via Flickr, used under Creative Commons)
People protest the Trump administration’s ban on transgender soldiers in August 2017.

ANNAPOLIS — The Defense Department confirmed on Monday that transgender people will be banned from entering the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

The Capital Gazette reported that the policy banning transgender servicemembers will also affect the  academy, which has under previous policy accepted transgender students and retained midshipmen who want to transition during the course of their education.

Students who had already enrolled to start in Fall 2019 will be allowed in under the old policy. However, the newspaper reported, for the 2020-21 school year, students will be under the former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ 2018 policy, which brings back restrictions on how transgender people can serve.

The policy banning transgender people from enlisting in the military went into effect on Friday, April 12.