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Transgender teen fights for military dream after President Trump's ban

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 14:19:15-04
A Las Vegas valley teenager is set to make a life changing decision, and he's not alone.

C.J. Hall is just weeks away from joining the ROTC, but it may not lead to the military career he's hoping for -- all because of three tweets from the commander-in-chief.

"I want to be a Navy SEAL," Hall said.
The 14-year-old has wanted to follow in his family's military footsteps since before he went to school. It was when he started hanging around other children that C.J. realized he wasn't fitting in with some other students. 
"Around second grade I realized I didn't want to be a girl," Hall said.
It wasn't until last month C.J. broke the news to his family.
“I was like this is final, I'm not doing this anymore," Hall said.
Days later Shantel Omakatyo read about President Donald Trump's tweets that could destroy her son's dream of serving his country.
"My first thought is my kid is going to have to endure that for the rest of his life or go through the pain," Omakatyo said. She then broke the news to C.J.
"At first I was shocked, and then it kind of went this is a joke," Hall said. "Then I started crying, because everything I had worked hard to do, I would never be able to accomplish."
Now, C.J. is contemplating the options.
Living life in a body he doesn't feel like himself in or keeping his feeling under wraps to serve and protect.
"So he either has to give up his dream, or live in the eight possible years in horrible pain to keep his dream alive," Omakatyo said.
The family says they are confident with support from transgender celebrities including Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox that the decision will be reversed in time for C.J. to enlist.
"So you think one day you will be in the Navy?" the reporter asks.
“Yes," Hall responds.
C.J. says he is still planning to enroll in ROTC for as long as he is allowed.