For the first time, openly transgender people will be able to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1. The Trump administration opposes this, but a federal court ruled against the White House.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Starting January 1, openly transgender individuals will be able to enlist in the military for the first time. President Trump wanted to block this but keeps losing in court. The president's most recent setback came yesterday. And NPR national security correspondent Greg Myre is here to talk about it. Hi, Greg.
GREG MYRE, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.
INSKEEP: Didn't the president tweet last summer that he wasn't going to allow transgender individuals to serve in the military in any capacity?
MYRE: That's correct. He did that last July. And this came about a year after the Obama administration said that transgender people could serve openly and...
INSKEEP: So he's reversing that policy - or tried to anyway.
MYRE: That's correct. And the transgender troops have continued serving. And the military did say that they were going to study the issue of new enlistments. And Trump wanted to ban both of those things. And he issued the tweet in July. He issued a directive in August saying this should stop. This immediately prompted several court cases from transgender troops who said they wanted to keep serving. We've now had a series of rulings that have gone against the president.