According to the Mail, the U.K. Armed Forces are hiring more diversity officers despite record low troop levels and Government promises to eliminate what they term “woke non-jobs”. Here’s an excerpt:
The British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) have more than 40 staff working full-time on improving equality, with more to be recruited soon…
It comes after a report by the Defence Select Committee warned that the overstretched military may be unable to wage an all-out war. …
The figures from the MoD show that the Army has “13 people employed in roles dedicated to diversity and inclusion”, while the Royal Navy has 15.
The RAF has 14, “with a further ten positions to be recruited into”. …
Defence Minister Dr. Andrew Murrison said: “In the financial years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, the RAF spent £473,690, £168,283 and £921,110 respectively, funding ethnic minority and women campaigns and initiatives.”
The push for more diversity officers comes amid revelations in the Telegraph of new guidance in the Armed Forces, aimed at removing the Christian tradition from Remembrance Day ceremonies. Here’s an excerpt from their investigation:
The Army’s “Policy, Guidance and Instructions on Inclusive Behaviours”, published in June 2022, states that “Acts of Remembrance, on Armistice Day and others, should be inclusive and seek to avoid being conducted as a wholly religious event”.
The guidance continues: “Acts of Remembrance should be agnostic of religious elements and separated from Remembrance Services. This may be achieved by holding a religious service after the Act of Remembrance.”
Grant Shapps, the Defence Secretary, is said to be “furious” about the policy, with a source close to him telling the Telegraph: “The Secretary of State is Jewish and he’s not offended one bit by Christian remembrance services – in fact, he believes it’s at the core of our nation’s history and who we are.”
The Army’s inclusivity policy on Remembrance Day is part of a push across the Armed Forces to encourage diversity and inclusion.
Twelve former senior servicemen have written to Mr. Shapps, describing the policy as “a particular insult to our ancestors who fought and died to lead the world in ending slavery” and stressed that Britain’s “civic culture on 11th November is sacred, Christian, tolerant and inclusive on our terms”.
The letter, signed by senior military figures including Major General Julian Thompson, Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott and Lieutenant General Sir Henry Beverly, continued: “No one should need to be reminded that this is a welcoming, inclusive and basically Christian country.” …
Official Army plans argue that diversity is crucial for operational effectiveness, and insist that “diverse teams, if well led by inclusive leaders, perform better”.
Last month, the Head of the British Army made shockwaves when he warned that Britain must prepare for conflict “as the pre-war generation”.
However, in the open letter, the former flag officers warned that the military is being forced into a “moral disarmament” due to “the lunacy of pushing woke ideas”.
General Sir Richard Barrons, commander of the Joint Forces Command between 2013 and 2016, told the Telegraph: “The purpose of the army is to fight and win, and that requires some, but not many, operational differences from organisations in civil society.”
A Royal Navy poster showing the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity
Sir Richard continued: “The Armed Forces must reflect the population they defend, and be inclusive of everyone, including its current personnel.”
“In recruiting you cannot convey the impression that you only want ethnic minorities or women to serve. Everyone, including white men, should feel welcome in the Army.”
Government data from December 2023 shows that ethnic minorities make up 10.6% of the U.K. Regular Forces, up from 9.9% a year before. Some 18.3% of people in England and Wales are from an ethnic minority background, according to the 2021 census.
The Telegraph’s investigation goes on to expose the Ministry of Defence’s extensive diversity policies, including the adoption of gender-neutral language and ranks, mandatory annual training on diversity and inclusion targeting unconscious biases and marketing strategies designed to be more inclusive and reflective of diverse communities.
Well worth reading in full.
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