The convicted criminal formerly known as Private Bradley Manning wants the Department of Defense to pay for his sexual reassignment surgery — his sex change. The Department has apparently agreed to transfer him to a civilian facility where the change can be carried out.
Pvt Manning, who recently changed his name legally from Bradley to Chelsea Manning, complains of sexual dysphoria, and would like to be referred to as a female despite his physical gender, which is male.
Sexual confusion of that sort is normally grounds for discharge, but Manning cannot be discharged until his sentence for being a traitor is carried out, which should take many, many years.
According to Army Times,
The request was the first ever made by a transgender military inmate and set up a dilemma for the Defense Department: How to treat a soldier for a diagnosed disorder without violating long-standing military policy. Transgender people are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military and the Defense Department does not provide such treatment, but Manning can’t be discharged from the service while serving her 35-year prison sentence.