Three male soldiers from the same Army base change their genders after commanders give them full support
The three soldiers have now been given separate sleeping quarters and washing facilities at their barracks in Germany, while at least one of them plans to undergo a gender reassignment surgery.
Three soldiers from the same Army base, who were born as male, have reportedly changed their gender to female after receiving full backing from their commanders, according to reports. The three soldiers have now been given separate sleeping quarters and washing facilities at their barracks in Germany, while at least one of them plans to undergo a gender reassignment surgery, the Daily Mail reported.
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Two of the three soldiers, Tom Marshall, now Katie Tom Rodriguez-Marshall, and Paul Jones, now Catherine Jones, are reportedly serving with a regiment named after Princess Diana. Reports state that the senior officers of the regiment are now receiving refresher training to ensure that they have clear knowledge of the guidelines surrounding transgender soldiers.
The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment motto reportedly translates to: "Shame on him who thinks ill of it."
Both the soldiers have posted their pictures dressed as Katie and Catherine on open Facebook pages. Katie, a married lance corporal, while replying to one of her friends' question asking whether she would just be dressing as a woman or becoming one, replied with: "Getting a sex change."
Reports state that the third soldier serves with the Adjutant General’s Corps and her identity is not known yet. All the three soldiers are reportedly based at Paderborn in Germany.
According to military regulations, the three soldiers must identify as women for a full 12 months before they can transition. The first step to their gender change requires hormone therapy, which can lead to the development of breasts, and they can undergo a reassignment surgery later.
The British Army's first female combat soldier, Guardsman Chloe Allen of the Scots Guards, was reportedly born a male and now transgender personnel serve in the Royal Navy, Army and RAF at many levels, according to reports.
When Chloe's decision to change gender was made public nearly two years ago, General Sir James Everard, Commander of the Field Army, had said that the Army is "proving itself as an inclusive organization where everyone can thrive." The British Army has had an employment policy for transgender servicemen and women since 1999.
Chloe, in a statement to other personnel in her position, had said: "The military has every walk of life, especially the Army. You just need to go out and ask for advice and go down that route."