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Mattis Gives Final Advice On Transgender Military Service

The Pentagon made recommendations to the White House on transgender individuals serving in the military.
Posted at 9:40 PM, Feb 23, 2018

The Pentagon has decided how it thinks the Department of Defense should handle transgender individuals serving in the military. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave his recommendations to the White House — two days later than expected. 

But it's still unclear what advice Mattis gave President Trump. Several anonymous U.S. officials reportedly said Mattis told the president to continue allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military. 

Trump has previously said he wants the opposite. He tweeted last July he'd reverse the 2016 Obama administration policy officially allowing transgender service members to serve openly.

Whatever Mattis' recommendations are, Trump will make the final policy decision. It's set to be announced in late March and is scheduled to go into effect March 23.