South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier

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FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, South Korean Army soldiers patrol during the demonstration of search operation at a training field near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon, South Korea. 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, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

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

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. Defense officials say a non-commissioned officer who entered the military as a man had a sex change operation last year and is currently at a military-run hospital.

The Seoul-based Center for Military Human Rights says it hopes a “forward-looking” decision will be made at the military meeting it said will take place next Wednesday.

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(This story was originally published on January 17, 2020)

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