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South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier


Added 01-17-20 06:35:02am EST - “In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a solider who recently undertook gender reassessment surgery, officials said Friday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a solider who recently undertook gender reassessment surgery, officials said Friday.

South Korea bans transgender people from joining its military but has no specific regulations on what to do with those who have sex change operations during their time in the service.

The non-commissioned soldier entered the military as a male and had a sex change operation last year and is currently hospitalized at a military-run hospital, army spokesman Jeon Ha Gyu said.

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It’s the first time an active-duty soldier in South Korea has been referred to a military panel to decide whether to end his or her service due to gender reassignment operations, according to Jeon and Defense Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyunsoo.

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