President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the US government will not let transgender individuals serve in the military "in any capacity", citing conversations he's had with generals and experts.
The president wrote on Twitter that such service would cause "disruption" and burden the US with "tremendous medical costs". Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming. Under the policy announced in July 2016, those troops were allowed to serve openly.
Transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the military since June 2016, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended a ban. Prior to that the military discharged them for medical reasons. It's unclear how Trump's new decree will effect those now serving.
Trump has also reversed Obama's policy on guiding public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Last month, the Army had begun compulsory transgender sensitivity training for soldiers and civilian employees. Most recently, the Department of Defense had slated January 1, 2018 as a date when transgender people could enlist for the first time. Military leaders also want to review how transgender troops are treated, if they're discriminated against or if they have had disciplinary problems, the officials said.