President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to ban the recruitment of openly transgender people, but is leaving it to military leaders to determine whether individuals already in the armed forces should be allowed to continue to serve.
The presidential memorandum signed by Trump will also prevent the military from providing medical treatment for reassignment treatments.
In June 2016, President Barack Obama allowed transgender service members to serve openly in the military and receive related medical treatment while ordering the Pentagon to determine a policy for allowing transgender people to join the armed forces within a year.
But the White House said Trump believes his predecessor failed to provide sufficient basis to determine whether terminating the Department of Defense’s long-standing policy on transgender individuals would “hinder military effectiveness and lethality, disrupt unit cohesion, or tax military resources.”
The memorandum signed by the president states that “further study” is necessary to ensure that the policy change would not have negative effects on military readiness.
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