US President Donald Trump has said transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the military in “any capacity”.
Wednesday’s announcement reverses a decision by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama to allow trans people to openly serve in the armed forces.
In a series of tweets Trump said that “after consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military”.
He said the US “military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”.
Last year, the Obama administration reversed the ban on transgender service members, giving the Pentagon one year to determine how to implement parts of the policy.
Earlier this month, James Mattis, US defence secretary, announced a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people.