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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Activists participate in a rally at the Reflecting Pool of the U.S. Capitol April 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Democratic lawmakers joined activists to rally against the transgender military service ban. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Defense officials say the Pentagon will sweep away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military and will issue new rules that broaden their access to medical care and gender transition. The officials tell The Associated Press that the new department regulations allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and serve openly in their self-identified gender, and they will be able to get medically necessary transition-related care authorized by law. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal decisions not yet made public.