A transgender member of the Scots Guard has become the first female British Army soldier to serve on the front line.
Chloe Allen became the first female in the history of the British Armed Forces to serve on the frontline.
Guardsman Chloe Allen said she hopes to inspire others to be themselves after speaking out about beginning her gender-reassignment treatment.
Chloe Allen, from Cumbria, joined the Scots Guards as a man in 2012 but last month she began hormone replacement therapy and legally changed her name.
The Army said it was delighted to have its first woman in a close-combat role.
The 24-year-old, who is in the Scots Guards, told The Sun it was a relief to talk openly about it and said her family have been accepting of her decision.
Guardsman Allen, who joined the Army four years ago as male, has now officially changed her name via deed-poll and started Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT.
She said: “I’d love to inspire people to just come out and be themselves.
Initially, she thought that she would have to abandon her post on the frontline, but she decided to talk to a careers officer and was informed she could continue in her role as a rifleman and driver of a Mastiff armoured truck.
“All the paperwork within the Army, within the battalion, has been changed and sorted out. My passport will be done shortly,” she said in an interview.
“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.”
The Army has had an employment policy for transgender servicemen and women since 1999.
Source: BBC News / Scotsman / The Sun