Last week, Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the military’s ban on transgender troops serving openly in U.S. armed forces.
The department has until July 1, 2017 to fully implement its policy on transgender service members.
There are as many as 7,000 transgender troops serving in the military out of 1.3 million active duty service members, according to a study by the Rand Corporation.
Joselyn Harris, a transgender woman from San Diego who served in Vietnam, says there are many unanswered questions about the military’s new policy.
Harris discusses what it was like to serve under the ban and what she hopes the military’s new policy can achieve Thursday on KPBS Midday Edition.