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White House to instruct Pentagon on how to implement president's transgender ban in the military

White House to instruct Pentagon on how to implement president's transgender ban in the military

The White House is preparing guidance for the Pentagon to carry out President Trump’s decision to bar transgender people from the military, but the ban appears to have exceptions for current service members, according to a military officer familiar with the deliberations.

The draft details suggest that White House officials are backing away from the blanket ban Trump described, instead giving discretion to Defense Secretary James N. Mattis to retain people now serving in the military while barring new entrants who are transgender.

Mattis reportedly could allow a self-declared transgender service member to remain in the military if the person is considered capable of being...

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