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Mattis Won’t Enforce Trump’s Trans Military Ban—for Now

The Secretary of Defense plans to form a panel that will “provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the president’s direction.”
August 30, 2017, 2:30pm

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced Tuesday he will form a panel of experts to study how President Trump's directive to ban transgender military personnel can actually be implemented.

Until then, trans service members—currently about 2,500 active-duty and 1,500 in the reserves—will be allowed to serve. The panel will include experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, and will "provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the president's direction."

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