The Defense Department's medical standards now exclude potential recruits who are deaf or hard of hearing, the Air Force Times reports.
"Over the past few decades, our military has given groups who were previously excluded the opportunity to serve," Takano said in a statement. "It is time for the armed forces to do the same for individuals with auditory impairments, as many are fully qualified model cadets."
Takano first introduced the legislation in 2014, when it failed to pass. It is named for Keith Nolan, a California Army ROTC cadet who was not allowed to enter the service because he failed the hearing test.
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