Fort Leavenworth: Bradley Manning has arrived

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - Military officials at Fort Leavenworth said Bradley Manning arrived Thursday afternoon. 

Despite Manning's Thursday announcement that he plans to ask the Army to allow him to begin hormone therapy for sexual reassignment, military officials say that will not happen.

They released a statement on Thursday saying the Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder.

The Army said that a convicted soldier with gender identity disorder or gender dysphoria must still complete their sentence.

But a military spokesman said if Manning is allowed to live in prison as a woman, it won't be at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.

George Marcec said Thursday that neither the maximum security U.S. Disciplinary Barracks where Manning will serve his time nor the adjacent Joint Regional Confinement Facility were equipped to house female inmates.

Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks. Manning is eligible for parole after 10 years, and will get three years credit for time served.

Former military personnel say that time is not enough for putting lives in danger.

"I'm delightful to see him come back. I'm sorry he's not coming back for the gallows to be honest with you," (Ret.) Lt. Col. Charlie Gregor said. "I think he walked and I think that he's going to be back out on the street in 12-16 (years). He very intentionally violated the most serious oath he'll ever take."

Manning will be held at the United States Disciplinary Barracks.

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