No Change in Transgender Policy Yet

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    Dunford: No change to Pentagon transgender policy until Trump provides guidance

    By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 27, 2017

    WASHINGTON — There has been no change to the Pentagon’s transgender policy, the top U.S. general wrote to senior military leaders Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would ban transgender people from military service.

    “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,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in a two-paragraph letter to the military service chiefs, commanders and senior enlisted leaders.

    “In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” the general also wrote in his letter, which was obtained by Stars and Stripes.

    Trump wrote Wednesday in a three-tweet message that he had consulted with generals and other military experts before his announcement that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the military. But the president’s message caught many defense officials at the Pentagon off guard. They said top generals, including some members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were not informed of Trump’s decision before he tweeted.

    The Army’s top general was among the military leaders in the dark about Trump’s decision.

    “I saw it on the news,” Army Gen. Mark Milley, the service’s chief of staff, said Thursday of how he learned of the announcement. However, he said he had no expectation he would be alerted before a decision was made public.