In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said "there will be no modifications" to current policy for now, amid questions about President Donald Trump's announcement on Twitter that the U.S. government will not "accept or allow" transgender people to serve in any capacity in the military.
He added: 'In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect.
"As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions".
The Dunford statement suggests that Mattis was given no presidential direction on changing the transgender policy. His spokesmen declined to comment Thursday. Then, with the full, prepared backing of the Pentagon, he'd approach a Republican-controlled Congress and write his policy into law - creating a far more permanent standard that couldn't be quickly reversed by the next administration and wouldn't jerk the military into a game of culture-war hot potato depending on whose party controls the White House. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter and so spoke on condition of anonymity.
"I have yet to receive implementation guidance" from Mattis, Milley said.
At the moment, in an ambiguous, callous Tweet, Mr. Trump has become a dire threat to this progress. There is a process that even President Trump needs to follow; otherwise, there is confusion in the ranks.
Marine General Joe Dunford had said, in a message to the top military officers, the armed forces will continue to 'treat all of our personnel with respect'.
Our Armed Forces abide by a Chain of Command which goes from the President to the Secretary of Defense to the Joint Chiefs and on down the line.
Well, many of the people are not agree and happy with this announcement of Trump especially the transgender people.
Criticism for Trump's action was immediate and strong from both political parties. It was completely blindsided by Mr. Trump's disregard for those who currently are serving as transgender individuals.
Not everyone at the Capitol agreed. The policy was still undergoing final review when Trump announced the decision to walk it back. No one knows their future - including military leadership; it isn't quite clear about how the military should deal with them.
"I would've been a better leader if it was out in the open", she said.
Transgender service members have been able to serve openly since 2016, when Carter ended the ban. He says they cannot assist in "any capacity" in the military.
On June 30, Mattis extended the July 1 deadline to next Jan. 1, saying the services should study the impact on the "readiness and lethality of our forces".
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had made "a military decision".