10 Army soldiers have come forward to request recognition as the opposite gender following a move by the U.S. Department of Defense to lift the military’s longstanding ban on open transgenders in the service. “Is the army ready? Well, we are educating ourselves, and we are trying to get ready,” Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, told The Associated Press. “We’re well-past the issue of debating and arguing about transgender.

We are now into execution, to make sure the program is carried out with diligence, dignity, respect.” The number is stated to represent only those who have come forward publicly thus far. The outlet states that there might be others who don’t want to make the “change” official yet or who are just considering identifying as the opposite gender. FULL REPORT