Between 4,000-10,000 troops face uncertainty from Trump's decision
An estimated 4,000 to 10,000 transgender troops are actively serving in the US military. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will have to decide whether they can be retained. Trump's memo was widely expected a month after the president tweeted that he'd ban transgender troops.
Trump's military spending argument for transgender ban may not hold
The independent Rand Corporation predicts health care spending would increase by a mere 0.13% with the inclusion of transgender people in the military. US media outlets previously questioned Trump's spending justification, given that the US military spends $42 million annually on erectile dysfunction medication Viagra.