US officials: Military concerned about transgender timeline

This is an aerial view of the five-sided Pentagon building, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, in Arlington, Va., in 1975.

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials say the Pentagon is poised to announce new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, amid concerns from senior military leaders who believe the department is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details.

The new policy would end one of the last bans on service in the military. It is expected this week.

Several senior U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the chiefs of the military services sought more time to fully develop and implement the complex new rules.

A senior U.S. official tells the AP that Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with his military leaders this week, heard their concerns, and made adjustments to the timeline.

The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke anonymously.

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