A piece in The Guardian. The start:
The British army has been accused of bowing to political correctness after launching a campaign to recruit more people from a diversity of genders, sexualities, ethnicities and faiths.
It has also been criticised for appearing to mislead recruits by suggesting the army offers help for those with mental health problems.
In a series of animations released on social media, the campaign positively answers questions such as “Can I be gay in the army?” and “What if I get emotional in the army?”. [J4MB emphasis – hmm, which cohort of people might ask THAT question?]
Later in the piece:
Gen Nick Carter, the chief of the general staff, said the army needed to change how it recruited and looked after trainees. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he denied claims that the “This is belonging 2018” campaign showed the army had “gone soft”.
“We are getting new types of applicant, that’s why we need to adjust the approach we are using to how we nurture them into the army,” he said. “This campaign is a recognition that we don’t have a fully manned army at the moment, [J4MB emphasis] that the demography of our country has changed, and that we need to reach out to a broader community in order to man [J4MB: ‘man’? Arrest this man for thoughtcrime!] that army with the right talent.
“Our tradition cohort would have been white, male, Caucasian 16- to 25-year-olds, and there are not as many of those around as there once were. [J4MB: Can someone please explain how the claim in bold type can POSSIBLY be true?] It is entirely appropriate for us therefore to try and reach out to a much broader base to get the talent we need in order to sustain that combat effectiveness.”
Cue laughter from Russian and Chinese military personnel. What would have happened if half the troops in the Army, Navy, and Air Force on D-Day had been women? We’d all be speaking German today, and life’s difficult enough as it is.