President Donald Trump is proposing a ban on the use of testosterone supplements by military and other civilian employees, in a move aimed at keeping the country’s military and its contractors healthy and competitive in an era of rising testosterone levels.
The order, unveiled Thursday by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, would also require companies that sell testosterone to military personnel to notify the Pentagon of the supplement’s use.
“The use of hormones by any individual, or any entity in which such individual or entity has an interest, is not in keeping with the ethos of the United States of America and will not be tolerated,” Mattis wrote in the order, which was released by the Office of Management and Budget.
The move comes in response to a series of high-profile scandals involving the use and abuse of testosterone by the military and the federal government, including allegations of sexual assault, and as a result, is likely to spark calls for a national ban on supplements, including testosterone.
“As an organization, the military has always been committed to the highest standards of integrity, and we will not tolerate any actions that may undermine our core values,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
“These guidelines are consistent with our mission and goals, and are in the best interest of the military.
We are confident that we will continue to follow the guidance from the DOD as well as the guidance of the Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Justice, and others.”
A White House official said the policy proposal is a step toward addressing an issue that has been a hot topic in recent months.
The Trump administration has already begun cracking down on the industry, banning the sale of testosterone boosters for military personnel and imposing a ban that bans the purchase of testosterone from companies that supply it.
In October, the White House announced it would not pay for testosterone for civilian employees.
Trump and his advisers have also sought to limit the number of male military personnel allowed to participate in training.
The administration has also announced a ban for the use, sale and importation of testosterone, as well.
“A ban on male military participation in military activities is an important first step to preventing the sexual exploitation of our troops and our nation’s servicemen and women,” Mattis said in the memo.
“In addition, it will ensure that the military continues to focus on its core mission of ensuring the health and safety of its troops and men and women of the armed forces, and that the resources it collects will be used to combat the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.”