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Active Duty Soldier Undergoes Sex Change, Hopes to Continue Service

Write: 2020-01-16 17:32:25Update: 2020-01-16 17:48:47

Active Duty Soldier Undergoes Sex Change, Hopes to Continue Service

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A non-commissioned officer underwent gender reassignment surgery last year during a vacation overseas and the Army will now deliberate on whether to discharge the person from the military.

The individual has reportedly expressed her desire to continue serving as a female soldier.

This is the first time in the nation's military history that an active-duty service person had a sex change operation and intends to continue serving in the armed forces.

According to Army sources on Thursday, the staff sergeant serving in a unit in northern Gyeonggi Province had the surgery abroad last year and has returned home and is now checked into an armed forces hospital.

The Army will hold a deliberations committee meeting next Wednesday.

Under current law, no specific rule exists on whether to allow those who change their gender while in the military to continue their service.

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