military service

Attorneys General file brief

The Attorney's General of 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a brief in the US District Court for DC arguing that President Trump's proposed ban on military service by transgender people is unconstitutional, against the national interest and harmful to the transgender community.

Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve.

--Maura Healy, Massachusetts

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Democrats say, "show me the proof"

Over 100 Democratic congresspeople have signed a letter addressed to SecDef James Mattis requesting all communication between the Pentagon and the White House that resulted in Trump twittering his ban on military service by transgender people.

Trump claimed at the time that his position was established "after consultation with my Generals and military experts," which was an apparently a total surprise to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and many other military experts of note.

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Dunford says Transgender troops shouid be allowed to serve

Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday on the occasion of his reappointment to that role.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand asked him about transgender troops. Dunford said that the thousands of transgender troops currently serving had performed their duties with honor and valor.

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Pentagon to allow transgender re-ups

On Friday the Pentagon released guidance that transgender service members currently serving will be allowed to re-enlist as the study of how to implement Trumps ban proceeds.

Friday's memo also announced that the deputy defense secretary and the vice chair of the Joint Chiefs would lead the panel, which may include "outside experts," which will study implementation of the ban.

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