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Mattis Freezes Transgender Ban: Troops Can Keep Serving In The Military Pending Study

On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that transgender soldiers would be allowed to continue serving in the U.S. military pending the results of a study, several media outlets reported Tuesday.

The announcement comes days after President Trump signed an executive order barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis to explore how to handle those currently serving in the armed forces.

“Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning the implementation of his policy direction,” Mattis said in the statement.

“In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place.”

In Late July, Trump surprised even the Pentagon by his unexpected announcement, via Twitter, of a ban on transgender service members.

“After consulting with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted at the time.

followed with another tweet arguing that “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.”

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