Over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported that Senior Officers have now been told to refer to soldiers as ‘infanteers’ rather than ‘infantrymen’ despite the fact that no women have applied to join the unit.
It was reported that the instruction had been given in order to potentially avoid ‘offending women’.
The instructions which were seen by reporters working for the Daily Mail, also tell senior officers to use the term ‘infantry soldier’ rather than using the term ‘rifleman’.
This comes at a time when many people already feel that the tentacles of political correctness are already starting to erode any notion of common sense in the forces.
It was also reported that training manuals using gender-specific language will have to be destroyed and re-written at considerable cost.
This bizarre stance has come in the wake of the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, making the decision that women should also be allowed to join the Special Forces.
And yet not one of the 10,000 females currently serving in the Army has apparently made serious enquiries about joining the elite force.
The non-gender specific terminology will come into effect immediately at the Infantry Battle School (IBS) in Brecon, Mid-Wales, despite no women being scheduled to take part in any courses there.
At a time when the army is struggling to fill current vacancies, many will see this merely as political point scoring by some politicians who just want to ‘leave their mark’ in the shifting sands of political correctness.
A spokesman for the MoD confirmed the changes, but said they would not apply to historic gender-specific ranks such as guardsman.
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