Protesters shout slogans against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in front of the US Army career center in Times Square, New York on July 26, 2017. AFP / Jewel SAMAD
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President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the Pentagon flat-footed and unable to explain what it called the president's "guidance".Trump wrote that he had consulted with "my generals and military experts" but did not mention Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the retired Marine general who under a month ago told the military service chiefs to spend another six months weighing the costs and benefits of allowing transgender individuals to enlist.The U.S. military will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly until Mattis has received Trump's "direction" to change the policy and figured out how to implement it, Gen. Joe Dunford, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.Since Oct. 1, transgender troops could receive medical care and start changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon's personnel system.In a series of tweets, Trump said allowing transgender troops to serve is an unacceptable burden on the military's ability to fight and win wars.It also estimated that extending gender transition-related health care coverage to transgender personnel would cost the military $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year, out of a yearly Pentagon budget of over $600 billion.
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