Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to announce today that the military is lifting its ban on transgender troops.

According to the Washington Blade, Carter will make the announcement at a news briefing at the Pentagon scheduled to take place at 1:30 PM.

USA Today reported earlier this month that repeal will take place on July 1.

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created a working group to study the issue, saying that the military's current policy on transgender service is “outdated.”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