WASHINGTON – America’s first active-duty soldier had a sex-change operation on the Pentagon’s dime Tuesday.
“This afternoon, an active-duty military member received a sex-reassignment surgery,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital.”
The transgender infantry soldier received the necessary waiver for the surgery from the Defense Health Agency director Monday, allowing the civilian hospital to go ahead with the sex-change procedure. The soldier is a man who identifies as a woman, a person close to the soldier told NBC News.
“The Supplemental Health Care Program will cover this surgery in accordance with the Department’s interim guidance on transgender Service members,” added the statement, confirming that the Pentagon will foot the bill for the soldier’s surgery.
The surgery comes after the soldier’s doctor ruled that because he had begun transitioning while serving in the United States military, it would be unjust to withhold what was postulated as a medically necessary surgery.
The anonymous soldier’s surgery comes after President Trump tried to ban transgender service members from the military in August. He was blocked from doing so by a U.S. district judge in October who ruled that banning transgenders from the military was a Fifth Amendment violation.
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