United States President Donald Trump has issued an order to ban transgender people from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances”.
The White House says retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” — those who may require substantial medical treatment — “presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”
The memo said the secretaries of defence and homeland security “may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals”.
Mr Trump received recommendations from Defence Secretary Jim Mattis in February for dealing with transgender individuals serving in the military.
Mr Trump surprised the Pentagon’s leadership in a 2017 tweet when he declared he would reverse an Obama-era plan to allow transgender individuals to serve openly.
His push for the ban has been blocked by several legal challenges, and the Pentagon began allowing transgender recruits to seek enlistment in January.
More to come.