The Pentagon would like to have Chelsea Manning transferred to a civilian prison to be treated for gender reassignment.
Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
The Associated Press first reported Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to move Manning early Wednesday, and Rear Adm. John Kirby, Hagel’s spokesman, confirmed it to The New York Times later Wednesday morning.
The Army has asked the Pentagon to approve moving Manning to a federal prison.
The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live