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Mattis delayed Obama transgender enlistments
« on: July 01, 2017, 08:06:55 PM »
Defense Secretary Mattis delayed an Obama-era military policy to allow transgender enlistments

Reversing an Obama-era military policy that would have permitted the enlistment of transgender service members, the Pentagon--headed by Defense Secretary James Mattis--announced it would delay the lifting of the ban in order to determine if the progressive policy would affect the "readiness or lethality" of the force, according to a Defense statement. As a result, officials have until Jan. 1, 2018 to defer accessing transgender applicants into the military.

In a memo sent to service chiefs and secretaries, Mattis said the department must evaluate "each policy decision against one standard," referring to whether the openness would affect the military's ability to defend the U.S.

However, Mattis also cautioned those from thinking that his delay of the policy's implementation translates into a particular outcome. The retired Marine Corps general affirmed that more review time will ensure he has "the benefit of the views of the military leadership and of the senior civilian officials who are now arriving in the department."


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