WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVEC) -- The estimated 1,300 to 6,600 transgender men and women in the U.S. armed forces have been waiting and wondering what is going to become of them and their careers.
Last July, President Donald J. Trump Tweeted they would be banned.
But following several court decisions that said otherwise, the new plan was to have a new policy in place by February 21st.
It didn't happen, and the country is still waiting.
"The week delay has not been a major concern for me, but probably because we had a hearing with military leaders several months ago to say, we're working on a strategy to make it work," said Senate Armed Services Committee member Tim Kaine (D-Va.).
Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate is expressing confidence that military leaders will make sure that transgender troops will be allowed to continue to serve.
"I took their testimony at its word," he said. "And I believe they're going to find a way to make this happen., Presidential Tweets notwithstanding. I'll be very disappointed if that's not the case, but that's my expectati9on."
In the meantime, the first openly transgender recruit has now joined the U.S. armed forces.
The Department of Defense yesterday confirmed to CNN that " one transgender individual is under contract for service in the U.S. military." According to ABC, the recruit won't begin basic training for another few months.