The Defense Department announced Friday that it would lift its ban on transgender troops as early as July 1.

USA Today reported that the repeal will take place on July 1, though other outlets said that the Pentagon would act within weeks.

Under current regulations, the military can discharge transgender people. However, officials have made the process of forcing out transgender troops more difficult in the last year.

Last July, Defense Secretary Ash Carter created a working group to study the issue, saying that the military's current policy on transgender service is “outdated.”

An estimated 15,000 transgender people serve in the active-duty military and the reserves.

LGBT rights advocates praised the move.

“This final remnant of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will now be put to rest,” said Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan with the National LGBTQ Task Force. “This decision is a great victory for the many trans people who have served and sacrificed in the military over the years. They also served in fear of being discharged from the service for simply being who they are. Thankfully this now will change. We look forward to hearing more implementation details.”