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British soldiers transitioning to be women can live in female-only barracks ‘as soon as the transition process begins’, official guidance states


Soldiers who are transitioning from men to women can live in female-only barracks as soon as their transition process begins, official Government guidance states.

The ‘determining issue’ for allocating a transgender soldier’s living accommodations is their ‘affirmed gender‘, according to defence document JSP 889, which provides guidance to the recruitment and management of trans personnel in the military.

The guidance, which was reviewed by MailOnline, states a trans person should be ‘provided with accommodation that is appropriate to their affirmed gender’ from the date of transition.

Military members should have access to ‘toilet and changing room facilities appropriate to their affirmed gender’ as soon as their transition begins, according to the guidance. 

It also states that ‘under no circumstances’ should a transgender person be expected to use the facilities of their ‘assigned gender’ after transitioning.

But some experts, including Tory MP Sarah Atherton – who oversaw a report examining sexual assault and harassment in the military – have voiced concerns that the policy could put female military members at risk.

Soldiers who are transitioning from men to women can live in female-only barracks as soon as their transition process begins, official Government guidance states. Pictured: File photo of Deepcut barracks in Surrey

Soldiers who are transitioning from men to women can live in female-only barracks as soon as their transition process begins, official Government guidance states. Pictured: File photo of Deepcut barracks in Surrey

Tory MP Sarah Atherton (pictured) - who oversaw a report examining sexual assault and harassment in the military - criticised the policy for being 'unclear' and argued the guidance 'allows predatory men to misuse the policy to continue this abhorrent behaviour'

Tory MP Sarah Atherton (pictured) – who oversaw a report examining sexual assault and harassment in the military – criticised the policy for being ‘unclear’ and argued the guidance ‘allows predatory men to misuse the policy to continue this abhorrent behaviour’

Ms Atherton, who believes the Ministry of Defence ‘haven’t thought this through properly’, criticised the policy for being ‘unclear’.

She argued the guidance ‘allows predatory men to misuse the policy to continue this abhorrent behaviour’, The Telegraph reported.

‘Having done extensive work around women in the Armed Forces, I am fully aware of the extent of sexual abuse that has gone on and continues to go on,’ she told the newspaper. 

She added that women need to have ‘secure accommodation’ and ‘safe spaces’ because of the ‘poor sexual behaviour and misuse of power in the military’.

‘Women need to have secure accommodation where they feel safe.’ 

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps is understood to be examining the policy as part of his review into the military’s diversity and inclusion policies. 

His wide-range review was launched after concerns were raised that the military was becoming too ‘woke’.

Defences sources told the Telegraph that the ‘majority’ of single-sex living accommodations have ‘lockable’ rooms with en-suites. They added it is ‘rare’ for people of the opposite sex to share washing facilities.

It is also understood that military members who feel ‘uncomfortable’ can raise their ‘concerns’, which will then be ‘considered by the chain of command’.

MailOnline has approached the Ministry of Defence for comment. 





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