The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday night that the White House is preparing to send guidance to the Pentagon to implement President Trump’s ban on transgender people being allowed to serve in the U.S. military.
According to the memo, which SOFREP was not able to independently verify, the new regulations will include barring transgender applicants from entering the service, and will require that transgender service members be evaluated based on whether or not they are deployable to determine if they will be separated. Per the memo, the military will be barred from paying for any further medical treatments or procedures tied to gender transitioning.
It remains unclear whether the memo has been finalized, but sources within the White House say it should reach the Pentagon within days. Pentagon spokesmen chose not to address the topic until the memo actually reaches them for action, saying on Wednesday that the Defense Department “has not received formal guidance from the White House as a follow-up to the Commander-in-Chief’s announcement on military service by transgender personnel.”
“The (Defense) Department continues to focus on our mission of defending our nation and ongoing operations against our foes, while ensuring all service members are treated with respect,” the statement read.