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31 August 2017, 01:14 | Katrina Lee
Defense Secretary Mattis did not 'freeze' Trump's trans military ban
The announcement comes just days after President Donald Trump signed a memo directing the Pentagon to bar transgender people from entering the US military and directing Mattis to decide how to handle active-duty transgender troops.
Back when the initial tweet storm happened, the President argued that the cost of trans military members was far too high for the government to continue to support.
Trump directed the Pentagon on Friday to implement a ban on transgender individuals from enlisting in the military, which he first announced in a tweet.
The Rand study looked at the effects of integration efforts of foreign militaries and determined "little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness".
"Though Defense Secretary Mattis appears rightly troubled by the president's action, his statements do not change the directive nor has he been given the power to retain transgender service members indefinitely", Strangio said.
What do you think of transgender service people in the military?
Trump's memo instructs Secretary of Defense James Mattis to further explore how to handle transgender people now serving in the armed forces and orders the Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases that are already in progress to "protect the health of an individual". And that's why Mattis ordered his study: to determine if newtransgenderrecruits are worth that investment. To that end, I will establish a panel of experts serving within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the president's direction.
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