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Mattis keeps transgender policy in place during review

by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/30/17, 10:46 am

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced Tuesday that transgender military members would remain at their posts pending further study. President Donald Trump signed a memo Friday blocking transgender Americans from enlisting but gave Mattis the responsibility of figuring out what to do with those already serving. Trump gave Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to establish a policy and until March 23, 2018, to enact it. Mattis said Tuesday he plans to assemble a panel of experts to review current transgender personnel.

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Remains of all missing sailors found

by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/28/17, 10:42 am

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors missing from the USS John S. McCain since last week, Navy officials confirmed Monday. The destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Aug. 21, leaving a deep gash in the ship’s side. The subsequent flooding filled crew berths and machinery and communications rooms. Navy investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the accident.

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Trump issues directive on transgender troops

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/26/17, 11:24 am

President Donald Trump on Friday evening directed the Pentagon to extend limits on transgender individuals joining the military but gave Defense Secretary James Mattis discretion to decide the future of transgender people already serving. The military has allowed transgender people to serve openly since June 2016. Trump, in a series of tweets on July 26, said the government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S.

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