No recommendation from Mattis yet on trans military service

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Defense Secretary James Mattis is poised to make recommendations to the White House this week on transgender military service, although that hasn’t happened as of Wednesday afternoon despite a deadline of that day, a defense official said.

Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesperson, said the Mattis recommendation is forthcoming, but not yet submitted.

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Joint Chiefs: No transgender policy changes based on Trump tweets

By : Jeremy Williams
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The top U.S. military officer will not make any changes to the Armed Forces’ policy of allowing transgender servicemembers to serve openly despite what President Donald Trump tweeted July 26, according to the Associated Press.

In a memo sent to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders July 27, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, stated “there will be no modifications” to the current policy until Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has received official direction from Trump and issued “implementation guidance.”

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