One of the executive orders of President Biden’s first day on the job concerned lifting the transgender ban on people serving in the military. The ban had been put in place by President Trump. The ban had applied to regular and special operations soldiers.

In May 2020, Biden had said he would direct the Pentagon to let “transgender service members serve openly and free from discrimination in the military.”

At his confirmation hearing last week, Secretary of Defense Austin had stated that he would support an effort to repeal the ban.

“I support the president’s plan to overturn the ban,” Austin told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve, and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve, and you can expect that I will support that throughout.”