The Trump administration has banned trans people who have served in the U.S. military from service in the military and the military’s chaplaincy, according to documents obtained by the Washington Blade.
The ban includes transgender people who were stationed in the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army.
The military is expected to implement the policy by the end of the year.
“The Trump administration will not accept trans service members into the armed forces, and will not recognize their status as members of the armed services,” the White House press office wrote in a statement.
The policy bans transgender people from serving in all positions in the armed service, including those serving as chaplains, and requires military service officials to publicly explain the ban and the circumstances surrounding it.
The order is likely to spark widespread protest and opposition in the transgender community, which includes many members of both genders, but it is unlikely to have any effect on the military itself.
Transgender service members have served since 1993 in the Marines and are stationed in Guam, Okinawa and Hawaii.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The Trump White House also banned transgender people in the Department of Health and Human Services from serving on federal contractors.
The Pentagon announced in May that it would ban transgender people and people who identify as transgender from serving as employees on federal government-run contractors, and has since reversed course.
The Department of Defense is also working on a policy that would prohibit transgender people, people who identified as transgender and people with gender dysphoria from serving.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have said the policy is about protecting the military, but critics have said it could actually be used to discriminate against trans people and could have a chilling effect on their ability to serve.
In a statement on the ban, the Pentagon said the ban was an extension of the Obama administration’s policy on transgender troops and employees, which was also struck down by a federal judge in Hawaii.
“In fact, President Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have repeatedly stated that the Department will not allow any personnel to be excluded from military duty based on their gender identity,” the statement said.
“This order will not affect the individuals currently serving in the National Guard, the Reserves or the Resiliency Command.
The administration is taking steps to implement these directives to ensure our military is an environment free from discrimination and will continue to honor the service of all members of our armed forces.”
The Defense Department has a history of banning people from service based on gender identity, according a 2013 report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
Transgender people are already prohibited from serving under a separate policy that applies to people who are transgender.