And I realized there is something bigger than me going on. Homosexuals have been allowed to serve openly in the military, including special units. Until the s, the commanders still had to report to the military psychiatric department about homosexual soldiers, despite the fact that psychological and psychiatric organizations in Israel and worldwide had, since the s, stopped viewing homosexuality as a mental illness. Erez thinks that contributed to the response he received from fellow soldiers. Palestine This file picture shows Israeli female soldiers during training. He got a call from a friend who worked in the IDF's public affairs office. However, given that Israeli law makes it difficult for its transsexuals to begin transition until they reach 18, the draft age, and does not normally allow for sex reassignment surgery to be performed before the age of 21, so far the only person who underwent surgery while serving is Shachae Erez, the first openly transgender person to become an officer. According to the publication, this is most likely caused by shame. It further noted that soldiers will be asked to record their personal details and pass a test to examine their comprehension. Erez agreed to do it. When pressed about whether the IDF might be pushing his personal story as a way to deflect its own controversies — say regarding its treatment of Palestinians — Erez shakes his head. They described soldiers or commanders frequently telling sexual jokes and stories, making hurtful sexual comments about them or sharing pornographic images. Shahar Erez, recalls the time three years ago when he was training to be an officer and told his company he was trans.