ROCKHAMPTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: The shoulder insignia of an Australian soldier is seen at the Williamson airfied in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area as part of Battle Group Pegasus on July 12, 2017 in Rockhampton, Australia. Exercise Talisman Sabre, a biennial combined Australian and United States (US) training activity, is the largest combined military exercise hosted by the Australian Defence Force. The battle group consists of around twenty-four rotary wing aircraft from the Australian Army's 16th Aviation Brigade, the US Army's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Aircraft include US Army Blackhawks and Apaches attack helicopters, Australian MRH-90, chinooks and tiger helicopters along with New Zealand NH-90 helicopters. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
The Pentagon ended the ban on transgender people in the military last year, placing the United States in the company of at least 18 other countries that allow trans people to serve in their militaries, according to a 2014 report from the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.
Researchers behind the “LGBT Military Personnel: a Strategic Vision for Inclusion” report analyzed policies regarding LGBT inclusion in more than 100 countries and ranked them based on four principles: admission, tolerance, exclusion and persecution — each determined by a total of 19 different indicators, including transgender personnel.