Army Gen. Mark Milley has been confirmed to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"I am humbled and honored to be confirmed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Milley said Thursday in a statement. "Thank you to the president and the Senate for their confidence. I have been privileged to serve as Chief of Staff of the Army these last four years, and look forward to the opportunity to continue working alongside the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Department of Defense civilians, and families serving our nation's military."

Milley is expected to replace the current chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sept. 30.

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Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill/U.S. Army National Guard

Army Gen. Mark Milley defended the Pentagon's ban on certain transgender people joining the military during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.

The Pentagon's transgender policy became effective on April 12. It prevents potential recruits with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from joining the military unless they have been medically stable for 36 months and if they have not yet had medical treatment to transition to a new gender.

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President Trump will nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president tweeted on Saturday.

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President Trump will announce on Saturday that he will nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to media reports.

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Photo illustration by Brad Howard.

President Trump wants a new branch of the military to seek out new and new civilizations and boldly kill what no U.S. troops have killed before.

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