Trans­gen­der US troops can serve into 2018

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WASHINGTON: Trans­gen­der per­son­nel in the US mil­i­tary can keep serv­ing and can re-en­list well into next year while the Pen­tagon fig­ures out how to im­ple­ment Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ban, an of­fi­cial said on Fri­day. Trump sur­prised Pen­tagon lead­ers in July by an­nounc­ing via Twit­ter the ban on trans­gen­der peo­ple serv­ing “in any ca­pac­ity,” re­vers­ing a plan launched by his pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama that would see the mil­i­tary ac­cept openly trans­gen­der re­cruits.

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