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Transgender soldier becomes first woman to serve on frontline for British army

Kevin Kelly

Published 17/09/2016 | 12:43

(Stock image) Photo: Getty
(Stock image) Photo: Getty

A transgender soldier has become the first woman to serve on the frontline for the British army.

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Twenty-four-year old Chloe Allen, who originally joined the army in 2012 as a man named Ben, was allowed remain in the Scots Guard after telling her commanding officers that she had begun hormone therapy.

Then Prime Minister David Cameron made rule changes in July that now lets women serve in combat roles and frontline positions.

Ms Allen said in an interview how she felt frustrated over her gender so decided to “learn to control it”.

She also admitted that she was caught by her colleagues cross-dressing, which prompted her to come clear about her wishes to change her gender.

British army commander Sir James Everard has supported Allen, saying “Being the first of anything takes courage. I applaud Guardsman Chloe Allen for being a trendsetter and wish her every success."

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