British Army's 24-year-old Chloe Allen becomes first transgender woman to serve on front line

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

London [UK], Sept. 17 (ANI): The British Army is delighted to have its first woman in a close combat role as its formerly male soldier, Chloe Allen, remains in the infantry as a woman. The 24-year-old from Cumbria joined the Scots Guards as Guardsman Allen in 2012 but began hormone therapy in the last month, and has now officially changed her name to Chloe Allen, reports the BBC. "All the paperwork within the Army, within the battalion, has been changed and sorted out. My passport will be done shortly," she said in a statement. "It's brilliant, it's amazing... to say everything that I've wanted it to say and for me to still be serving as an infantryman is even better," she added. The British Army is reported to have had an employment policy for transgender servicemen and women since 1999. "The British Army is really proving itself as an inclusive organisation where everyone is welcome and can thrive," said General Sir James Everard, Commander of the Field Army, further adding, "I'm delighted to have our first woman serving in a ground close combat unit." (ANI)