Nick Talbot had dreamed of having a career in the military for many years.
He joined a training program while at university, and spent his weekends crawling through the dirt, or strategizing in fake environments.
But a tweet by Donald Trump in July 2017 ruined all of his plans.
The president’s tweet declared: “The U.S. government will not accept or allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.”
Mr Talbot said: “For some good reason my whole future is like being snatched away on social media in an instant.”
The 27-year-old has been living as a man since he was young. He was not treated differently by his peers or the coaches who trained him. But his president decided not to allow him to serve his country because he was transgender.
“This ban treats transgender people as less,” he said.
“This barrier implies that we are not qualified, that we are not so talented, that none of that is true.”
It is unclear how many people have been affected by President Trump’s policy. Figures from 2016 show that 2,150 to 10,790 transgender people were in active service or in reserve, according to The Rand Corporation Think Tank.
Mr Talbot had to drop out of his officer training class and he decided to fight the president in court.
After a two-year legal limit, the Supreme Court allowed Mr Trump’s policy to take effect.
Mr. Talbot became an alternative teacher at his old high school, and his dreams of a military career were shattered. The corona virus then closed schools.
“This whole time for me emotionally and physically, in my personal life, there are so many unknowns,” he said.
He still does not understand why President Trump pursued a policy that uplifted his life and the lives of many more.
Mr Trump cited the military’s spending on transgender health care. According to Rand Corporation, the military will pay between 4 2.4m (8 1.8m) and 4 8.4m (4 6.4m) a year to cover the cost of medical procedures related to troop gender reassignment. Those figures are just a small part of the Pentagon’s 49 49.5 billion (.4 37.4 billion) medical budget by 2020.
But a new commander is preparing to receive the keys to the White House.
Joe Biden has promised to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. He acknowledged the support of transgender people during his election victory speech.
Mr Biden has made clear his commitment to defending the rights of the LGBT community.
“This is the civil rights issue of our time – think of everything that failed if it failed,” the president-elect said on the campaign trail. “It will have a profound impact on who we are as a people.”
Mr Fiden vowed to pass a law in his first 100 days outlawing discrimination against the LGBT community.
But his campaign promises rely on a democratic majority in both the House and the Senate. The Senate controls two elections in Georgia on January 5.
Democrats must win two Senate races to hold power in Capitol Hill and give Mr Biden enough votes to pass the law.
“When I learned that Biden had won, it was like a big sigh to me,” Mr Talbot said, adding that he considered it a question of whether transgender people could openly serve. Army again.
“I know there is a lot of work for the Biden management, but this ban is something that can be overcome very quickly. I hope there are predictions that this can be done in about 30 days,” he said.
“I’m ready to go into the military my whole life. I hope I can finally move forward in the new presidency and become a real adult.”