The Pentagon may transfer Private Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can begin gender treatment.

According to The New York Times, the Amy has already submitted the request to the Defense Department.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John F. Kirby said that a request from the Army to “evaluate potential treatment options for inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria” has been approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Last year, Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks. While serving her prison sentence, Manning cannot be discharged from the Army, which prohibits transgender service members from serving openly, the AP reported.

Speaking to reporters in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, Kirby said that any decision to transfer Manning would “properly balance the soldier's medical needs with our obligation to ensure Private Manning remains behind bars.”

On Sunday, Hagel said he was “open” to reviewing the military's ban on transgender service.