"A soldier's gender identity will no longer be a basis for involuntary separation."
Chaplains represent "hundreds of American denominations and faith traditions" and are "charged to nurture the living."
"When you love what you do, it's no longer a job, and serving my country would never be a job."
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte had "erased the punishment" but the conviction of Pemberton stands.
“The thousands of transgender patriots serving this nation deserve much better than to be singled out for discrimination."
The officer will have her gender officially changed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.
A Navy officer who’s facing involuntary discharge because of her gender identity has filed suit challenging the Trump administration’s transgender military ban.
South Korea's first transgender soldier said on Wednesday she would sue the military after it announced it would dismiss her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery last year
"We will likely discharge the soldier as there are different qualifications for men and women to meet in joining the military."
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