News broke early Friday evening that President Donald Trump had signed a presidential memo that barred the enlistment of transgender people in the armed forces.
This is a reversal of an Obama-era policy — which was still under final review — that would have allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military.
According to a senior White House official, no transgender person will be allowed to serve unless a recommendation is given by the either the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security, according to NPR.
The memorandum also put an end to the use of both departments' resources where sex-reassignment surgeries for those already enlisted were concerned. Those military members who are already in the process of treatment will be allowed to continue.
Regarding those transgender persons who are already enlisted in the armed forces, the memo leaves the decision of what to do with them as far as their service is concerned up to their directing department.
The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense. The Coast Guard, which is also part of this newly issued policy, is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security.
These measures, which ostensibly return the military to its pre-2016 stance on transgender service in the military, will take place starting on March 23, 2018.