That current policy was implemented by former President Barack Obama previous year.
In a story August 28 about legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people joining the military, The Associated Press erroneously described the Washington-state based Gender Justice League.
Have you ever served in the military? Before Trump made his July announcement, Mattis had said that he wanted more time to study the effects of transgender serviceman in the armed forces. However, military bosses have revealed their reluctance to support the USA leader, arguing that transgender soldiers pose little or no adverse effect on army cohesion and effectiveness.
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Exactly how the new policy will be implemented has yet to be determined.
"President Trump's actions immediately caused the individual plaintiffs and other transgender service members to fear for their careers, the well-being of their family members and dependents, their health care and, in some cases, their safety", states an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed Monday in Baltimore federal court.
After President Barack Obama opened up Pentagon policy for recruiting transgender service members, his administration also commissioned a study by the non-partisan RAND Corp. to examine the effects on military readiness of allowing transgender troops to serve openly and the cost of providing them medical treatment.
"Trump also directed the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to determine how to address transgender individuals now serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant", CNN reported citing a White House official.
The defense chiefs also declined to discuss the additional US military support South Korea might need to increase pressure on North Korea.
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A McCain spokeswoman declined to comment beyond McCain's statement on potential defense amendments. Two lawsuits have already been filed, challenging Trump's ban.
Mattis has previously expressed that his main concern is military readiness and not political issues.
On Friday, the White House issued a memo to the Department of Defense with formal guidance on the ban, weeks after the president tweeted about it - seemingly surprising military officials and Congress.
The necessary step to making across-the-board policy changes for the military is an order from the secretary of defense.
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