The Pentagon memo was issued on Thursday and sent to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlining the initial guidance of how Trump's desired parade, scheduled for November 11, will look, according to CNN.
To make up for the lack of tanks, the end of the parade will feature a "heavy air component", including older aircraft.
It was sent from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' office to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will organize the event, and offers guidance as to how the parade will be carried out.
While the cost of the parade and celebrations haven't been revealed, NPR reported that it could cost as much as $50 million.
"I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud", The Hill quoted Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, as saying.
Military parades are also a highlight of the calendar in Moscow and Pyongyang but are rare in the United States, where displays of patriotism usually take the form of flag-waving, fireworks and grilled hot dogs. Officials said they are anxious about the possible damage that non-wheeled vehicles could infict upon Washington streets.
The Joint Staff is in charge of organizing the event, while the Northern Command will execute it on the day of. The president admired the country's celebrations and called the parade "magnificent".
The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel. The White House budget director recently told Congress the cost to taxpayers could be $10 million to $30 million.
Trump should be surrounded in the reviewing area at the Capitol by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, the memo said. First reports of plans for a parade came out last month when The Washington Post reported that Trump had met with high-ranking officials and told them he wanted a parade "like the one in France".