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Defense Secretary to review military transgender ban

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(KCEN) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he's open to a review of the military's policy prohibiting transgender individuals from serving.

Hagel says the military should continually review its prohibition on transgender people in the armed forces.

That calls into question whether the Pentagon's ban may eventually be lifted, as was the ban on gay and lesbians in the military.

He says its a complicated issue.
"I do think it should continually be reviewed -- I'm open to that by the way -- I'm open to those assessments because again, I go back to the bottom line," Hagel said. "Every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it."


It remains unclear whether the military will seriously review its ban on transgender people.
 President Obama has not mentioned issue specifically.
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