The Korean Army is mulling over whether to discharge a noncommissioned officer (NCO) who underwent gender reassignment surgery overseas and was subsequently diagnosed with “gender dysphoria,” which the military classifies as a Class 3 mental or physical disorder.On Thursday, the Korean Army said the NCO in question, who served as a staff sergeant in a unit located in northern Gyeonggi, received gender reassignment surgery in Thailand during official leave in November last year. The NCO’s unit said it detected the soldier was struggling with gender identity around July and then filed for leave, but it did not find out about the surgery until the NCO visited a military hospital in December, where a medical officer diagnosed the officer in question as having gender dysphoria. Class 3 disorders can warrant discharge from the military.After the unit learned about the surgery, it recommended that the NCO resign prematurely from service. The law governing the status of persons in the military – the Military Personnel Management Act – stipulates that deliberate damage done to one’s body can also warrant discharge.The NCO, however, refused an early discharge, filing to complete the remaining year of a three-year service as a noncommissioned officer in the military… Read full this story
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