Pentagon temporarily allows trans troops to re-enlist in Military

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The Pentagon has issued new guidance which temporarily allows trans troops to re-enlist in the military until it is determined how the controversial ban will be enforced.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo to top Pentagon officials that current policies on serving trans troops remain in fact.

Anti-Trump Protesters Demonstrate In Times Square Against Trump Announcement Of Banning LGBT Service Members

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This means that current trans troops are permitted to continue their service with full access to healthcare.

However, in the memo, which has not been released but summarised, Mattis said that the relax on the ban is only temporary until policies can be finalised.

Related: How can Donald Trump’s transgender military ban be stopped?

The temporary guidance will stretch until February 21, when a final policy on the trans troop ban is reached by the Pentagon.

It comes as Trump directed the military to ban trans individuals from enlisting, but allowed Mattis to decide the fate of currently serving transgender personnel.

National Press Secretary for The Human Rights Campaign, Sarah McBride, said that it was “clear” that “there is broad opposition within Congress and military leadership to Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s discriminatory attacks on transgender troops”.

Protesters gather in front of the White House on July 26, 2017, in Washington, DC.
Trump announced on July 26 that transgender people may not serve “in any capacity” in the US military, citing the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” their presence would cause. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

“Donald Trump’s erratic July tweets – and the subsequent half-baked orders – have left the lives and careers of thousands of transgender service members in question.

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