An independent panel, led by Dr. Joycelyn Elders (served as surgeon general during President Clinton's first term), is encouraging President Obama to lift the ban on transgendered troops by executive order.
While the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" opened up the opportunity for homosexual and bisexual men and women to serve openly in the military, being transgendered is not allowed due to it being considered a medical disqualification similar to how medical conditions like asthma prevent service.
The panel argues that with modern medical advances, troops can receive hormones and gender reassignment surgery without being a burden to current policies. Some critics mention that in a combat situation they wouldn't have access to the treatment some people who are transgendered require such as hormones.
Should they be allowed to serve? Or should the current policy stay in place?