Views on sexuality and gender issues in South Korea have been slowly changing, nevertheless, a strong bias against sexual minorities persists [File: Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP]

Military officials in South Korea will determine next week whether to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, officials said on Friday, in the first such case in the country.

South Korea bans transgender people from joining its military but has no specific regulations on what to do with those who have sex change operations during their time in the service.

The non-commissioned officer entered the military as a man and had a sex change operation last year and is currently at a military-run hospital, army spokesman Jeon Ha Gyu said.

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