Meet the First Out Trans Soldier in the U.S. Military
By Sunnivie Brydum
April 10, 2015
The Army is now leading the charge to change the U.S. military’s long-standing ban on openly transgender troops by seeking guidance about whether it can allow a transgender sergeant to continue serving as the man he is.
Army Sgt. Shane Ortega served three combat tours, according to a Thursday profile in The Washington Post: “Two in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. Two as a Marine and one in the Army. Two as a woman and one as a man.”
Sgt. Ortega is currently stationed at Wheeler Airfield in Oahu, Hawaii, where he serves as a helicopter crew chief in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division. The transgender man — who was assigned female at birth and therefore initially enlisted as such — began his transition to male four years ago, under the supervision of military and civilian doctors, the Post reports.
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