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Defense Secretary James Mattis announced the Pentagon will not implement President Donald Trump's directive banning transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, saying that he will first establish a panel of experts to study the ban's impact. The president tweeted out his plans for the military on July 26, an abrupt reversal of an Obama administration decision which would have allowed them to serve openly.

"Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction," Mattis said in the statement. "In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place."

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