Every year, men aged 18-21 must report for military conscription. And, every year, a few men who want to be women add some levity to the draft.
Such was the case again April 9 in Sattahip when a group of transgender females reported for conscription. Most come bearing health certificates exempting them from serving. But Chaninpol Phutonglom instead volunteered.
Already “enhanced” with breast implants, 20-year-old Chaninpol didn’t look to fit well into the tight cadet uniforms. Military officials weren’t amused, quickly stamping his form with a “rejected” stamp, citing an “oversized chest” as a health ailment.
The woman in progress said he was proud to be part of the ceremony and had at least tried to volunteer. He said he still has the heart of a man, even if his body no longer looked like one.
20-year-old Chaninpol Phutonglom tried to enlist, but was “rejected” due to an “oversized chest”.