Court Says Pilot's Mastectomy Not Disabling

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A female helicopter pilot in South Korea's military who was fired after she had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer has been ordered reinstated by a Seoul Administrative Court, Reuters reported on Saturday. Colonel Pi Woo Jin was told that rules required soldiers who are missing body parts to be discharged. Colonel Pi, now 51 and retired, had served for three years after the operation, until she had a physical exam and officials decided she was disabled. She trekked for 250 miles last year across South Korea to demonstrate her fitness, and has also written a bout book critical of the country's male-dominated military culture. The Defence Ministry said it will appeal the decision.

Today, there are about 3,000 women out of 600,000 soldiers in the South Korean Army, Reuters reported.