"In the interim, current policy with respect to now serving members will remain in place", Mattis said in a statement Tuesday night.
It's true the Trump's order signed last week includes time for "further study" on implementing the ban, but the study is unlikely to change anything because of the order's wording. (The latter is included because the Coast Guard falls under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security rather than that of the Defense Department.) The president's intention to issue such guidance was first reported late last Wednesday.
It's no sure thing, however, that any amendment targeting Trump's transgender directive would get to a vote. Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authority to decide the matter of openly transgender individuals already serving.
". The military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail", Trump tweeted in July.
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Once the panel reports its recommendations, Mattis said he will consult with the secretary of homeland security before providing advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction. "We are never out of diplomatic solutions", he said.
"No", Mattis told reporters when he was asked about Trump s tweet in this regard during a welcome ceremony for his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in Baltimore on behalf of six active members of the military, claiming the ban is based on "myths and stereotypes" and "uninformed speculation".
In a statement last week, McCain said it would be "a step in the wrong direction" to force transgender individuals out of the military exclusively on the basis of gender identity.
The Rand study looked at the effects of integration efforts of foreign militaries and determined "little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness". The military spent two years carefully reviewing all of the relevant evidence on this issue and concluded that there is no reason to exclude transgender people from military service.