In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. military would continue to allow transgender individuals to serve openly for now.
“I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement on the transgender policy by the President,” Dunford wrote. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”
Secretary of Defense James Mattis is currently on vacation and according to the Dunford’s statement had not been given any presidential direction in regards to modifying the transgender policy.
“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect. As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions,” Dunford continued.
This announcement comes a day after President Trump announced via twitter the U.S. military would no longer allow or accept transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the military.