Library picture courtesy of the US Department of Defense.
The United States Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of excluding certain transgender people from the military.
Under the policy, it means some will not be able to join or stay in the forces.
The high court voted 5-4 to lift injunctions blocking the policy, with four liberal judges opposing the ruling.
The decision reversed an Obama-administration rule that would have opened the military to transgender men and women.
In 2017, Mr Trump announced on Twitter that the US would no longer be "burdened" with the costs of recruiting transgender men and women.
Mr Trump said: "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."
The Trump administration has sought to generally restrict service to those who don't seek to undergo gender transitions.