Trans­gen­der is UK’s first fe­male com­bat sol­dier

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A TRANS­GEN­DER sol­dier is set to be­come Bri­tain’s first fe­male to serve on the front­line, The Sun news­pa­per re­ported.

Chloe Allen, who joined the army four years ago as Ben Allen, told the tabloid it was “a great hon­our to make his­tory”.

The de­fence min­istry in July an­nounced a lift­ing of the ban on women serv­ing in com­bat roles.

The de­ci­sion, which is be­ing grad­u­ally im­ple­mented over three years, comes af­ter the United States dropped its of­fi­cial ban on women in com­bat in Jan­uary.

Ms Allen, 24, said she would “love to in­spire peo­ple to just come out and be them­selves”.

She told The Sun, “As much as it’s a big bad world, it’s not as bad as peo­ple think and it’s eas­ier when you’ve got your mates and your bosses be­hind you.”

Gen­eral James Ever­ard said, “I ap­plaud guards­man Chloe Allen for be­ing a trend­set­ter and wish her ev­ery suc­cess her ca­reer.”

He added that “the Bri­tish Army is re­ally prov­ing it­self as an in­clu­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion where every­one is wel­come and can thrive”.

Women cur­rently ac­count for about 10 per­cent of Bri­tish mil­i­tary per­son­nel. There are plans to in­crease the num­bers. –

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