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President Donald Trump has laid out the details on how he will implement his ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Trump issued a two-and-a-half-page memo, which states that Defense Secretary James Mattis must take service member's "deployability" into consideration when determining whether they will continue to serve in the U.S. military, the Daily Mail reported.

If a transgender service member is deemed unable to serve in a war zone, take part in training or serve on a ship for months, then that service member must be sent home, according to The Wall Street Journal, reported the Daily Mail.

The new policy gives the Pentagon a total of six months to determine which service members will be sent home, and bans any new transgender hires. It also orders the Pentagon to stop paying for transgender service members' medical treatments.

The president's ban has been widely criticized by transgender representatives.

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"Transgender people are just as deployable as other service members," said Sue Fulton, who is the former president of Sparta, a military organization for member of the LGBT community. "Other service members may undergo procedures when they are at home base, just as other service members schedule shoulder surgery or gall bladder surgery."

Fulton added that there are no "ongoing treatments" that would render any transgender members of the military as non-deployable.

According to a 2016 Rand Corp study, there were an estimated 1,320 to 6,000 transgender people openly serving in the military. Advocacy groups said those on active duty could have been anywhere between 7,000 and 11,000 across all areas of the military.

The Rand Corp survey also added that not all transgender service members seek treatment, and that the number of members who do seek treatment that would render them non-deployable are relatively low.

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The study concluded that only 29 to 129 transgender people currently in the military would be deemed non-deployable by their planned treatment.

The memo comes just under a month after Trump first announced his transgender ban on Twitter on July 26.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military," the president tweeted. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you."

The Rand Corp's survey revealed that the yearly cost to treat transgender service members would be somewhere between $2.4 million and $8.4 million, a mere 0.04-0.13 percent of the 2014 $6.27 billion military budget.

Trump took to Twitter on Aug. 23 to announce the signing of the Veterans Appeals Improvement & Modernization Act into law. The legislation is supposed to make it easier for veterans to appeal decisions on disability claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs, WTKR reported.

The law was put into place shortly after the president announced that he would be sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, Fox News reported.

Sources: Daily Mail, WTKR, Fox News / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Ninian Reid/Flickr, The U.S. Army/Flickr

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