PARIS (AP) - Within weeks of the Pentagon allowing transgender service members to serve openly, Army officials say 10 soldiers have formally asked to be recognized as their new, preferred gender.

The small number represents only those who have publicly said they are transgender. It does not include soldiers who may be considering or beginning gender transition or those who don't yet want to make an official paperwork change.

Army chief of staff Gen. Mark Milley says the key now is to educate the force, particularly commanders who will have to make decisions about soldiers in their units who request a gender change. Milley pledges the program will be carried out with "diligence, dignity and respect."