Guardsman Chloe Allen, who joined the force four years ago as a man called Ben, says she is honoured to be able to 'make history'. The young woman, from Cumbria, was reportedly overcome with worry after being caught cross-dressing by a fellow soldier .
But after receiving support from the serviceman and the rest of her battalion she says she realised she no longer had to 'live a lie'. Now, Chloe has spoken out about beginning sex-change treatment, saying she hopes to inspire other people to be themselves.
The soldier, 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.
She said: "I'd love to inspire people to just come out and be themselves.
"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."