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Pentagon puts Trans ban on hold as Trans service members sue Trump

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on August 29 that he will not implement Donald Trump’s order barring Transgender people from serving in the military until a Pentagon panel studies the issue and reports back. ‘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 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.’ The additional study will lead the Pentagon to determine if it will allow thousands of Transgender troops to continue to serve or how they will be discharged, and whether they will receive medical transition services. Trump first announced his new policy in a series of tweets on July 26. On August 25, Trump followed up with a formal memorandu

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