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It is still unclear whether this decision will affect the transgender people serving right now.
White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the Pentagon and White House have yet to determine how to act on these changes, although, there are still no specifics or timeline. Whether the troops that are currently serving will be sent home and pulled out of units has yet to be decided on.
For now, a tweet cannot undo the military regulations that allow the transgender people to serve, although, Pentagon officials said that they see this tweet as a directive.
According to The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, as of now, there are more than 15,000 transgender troops in the US military. The RAND Corporation estimates there are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender personnel in the active service and between 830 and 4,160 in the selected reserve.
What do you think?
As far as the cost argument goes, Former US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter opposed it last year, referring to another research by the Rand Corporation which found that "costs would be minimal" and that "the medical treatment that service members who are currently transgender require is fairly straightforward, well understood.”
Transgender individuals' treatments for active service personnel cost between $2.4 million and $8.4 million per year, in contrast to $6 billion spent on health care for all active service members, and the $49.3 billion total health care spending for the Department of Defense.
So, what do you say?