Argentina's Army is one of several official bodies that must comply with new legislation guaranteeing the incorporation of transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people into the workplace, according to press reports.
Sources from the Defence Ministry, quoted in various media outlets, said that Army commanders and chiefs have been asked to prepare a report on "the existing situation" regarding compliance with the new norm, which requires that one percent of state posts be guaranteed for trans individuals, provided there are suitable candidates.
On September 4, the government published a decree saying the new one-percent quota would apply to state agencies as part of an effort to "begin to repair the violations that have historically been committed against transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people."
"Every transvestite, transsexual or transgender person has the right to decent and productive employment in equal and satisfactory working conditions and protected against unemployment without discrimination for motives of gender identity or its expression," read the text of the decree, which outlined that government officials must be trained in recognising discriminatory behaviour.
"It is established that, in the national public sector, personnel positions must be occupied by a proportion of not less than one percent of all of them by transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people who meet the conditions of suitability for the position," according to the text.
The deadline for the Army to comply with the decree is November 30. It was not reported whether Air Force or the Navy have been requested to present a similar review.
Apart from suffering discrimination and stigmatisation, members of the trans community has an average life expectancy of 36 years, according to studies.
Additional research by the Asociación de Travestis, Transexuales y Transgéneros de Argentina (ATTTA) also reveals that 90 percent of their community is outside the formal job market while almost 95 percent "find themselves in situations of prostitution on the extreme fringes of society." Some 60 percent were unable to finish their schooling.
Argentina is something of a pioneer for human rights, legislating in favour of sexual diversity with its gay marriage law of 2010 and a gender identity law a year later.