Chloe Allen, 24, joined the army in 2012 as a man but started her transition this month, beginning hormone therapy. Changing her name officially she was afraid to leave her post in the First Battalion Scots Guards because of the restrictions on females serving on the front line.
Many of the restrictions on women are set due to physical limitations, with front line soldiers being expected to work relentlessly and carry weights of up to 80kg on a daily basis. Some of these limitations were lifted in July this year, as rules which banned women from Ground Close Combat units were removed. However, many did not expect the first female infantry man to be recruited until 2018.
In her interview to ‘The Sun’ the soldier said: “It’s a great honour to make history. I’m just looked at as a normal person.” The soldier would love to “inspire people to come out and be themselves.”She added: “As much as it’s a big bad world, it’s not as bad as people think and it’s easier when you’ve got your mates and your bosses behind you. It’s brilliant, it’s amazing, and for me to still be serving as an infantryman is even better.”