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Thai Army Says Fake Transgenders Won’t Dodge Mandatory Military Conscription

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BANGKOK – Col Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson for the Royal Thai Army said on Thursday that those who pretend to be transgender won’t dodge the draft as the army has procedures that carefully screen young men during the conscription process in Thailand.

Col Sirichan Ngathong, said there were several criteria to define transgenders, whom the army classifies as Category 2 men who could not be drafted.

Under the criteria, transgender men are transsexual people, change their bodies to show a female form but are not transsexual, or are certified by a hospital or government medical institute to be transgender.

The army also had medical committees to carefully check young men to find out if they were really transgender and also asked neighbours about their behaviour, Col Sirichan said.

“Conscription committees have thorough checking procedures in compliance with the rules. It is unlikely any man could change their appearance to look like a woman and dodge conscription,” she said.

By Wassana Nanuam