Soldiers were told to avoid using words such as “boys” for fear they might offend.

Soldiers were told to avoid using words such as “boys” for fear they might offend.

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“Don’t call yourself guys”: soldiers are told to be more inclusive and to avoid using words like “humanity” and “sportsmanship” for fear of being able to offend

  • The troops of the 22nd Engineer Regiment said not to use “guys” in order not to offend
  • The Army’s Gender Equality Campaign Also Includes Bans On “Humanity” And “Sportsmanship”
  • The ban on “Lads” emerged in the orders given by the sergeant major of the 22nd Engineer Regiment

Soldiers were banned from referring to each other as “guys” in the military’s latest gender equality campaign.

The troops of the 22nd Engineer Regiment were told not to use this word as it could be offensive, even if no women are present.

Words such as “humanity” and “sportsmanship” have also been banned as the armed forces are reshaped into a gender-neutral organization.

The ban on “guys” intervened in the orders given by the sergeant major of the 22nd Engineer Regiment to all troops participating in online meetings

Millions of pounds have also been spent on gender-neutral toilets at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, the Army Officer Training Center and other bases.

These movements originate from the Defense Department’s Common Unit for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, known as the Jedi.


As the military operations progressed, it is fair to say that this one was devastated.

It was red faces all around after an armored personnel carrier overturned during an army

exercise on Salisbury Plain.

Thursday’s incident at the Defense Department’s Bulford camp in Wiltshire prompted a call to the Dorset and Wiltshire fire departments. No one was hurt.

The Department of Defense owns 150 square miles of land on Salisbury Plain. A spokesperson said: “A military tracked vehicle slipped off a track and rolled over during a driver training course. “

The ban on “guys” appeared in a set of orders given by the 22nd Engineer Regiment sergeant major to all troops participating in online meetings.

He told his troops that “values ​​and standards” [V and S] had slacked off recently using Zoom calls or Microsoft Teams meetings to conduct military affairs.

He said: “There has been a drop in V and S over the past few weeks… [coming to attention]… Make sure people get the right compliments… Everyone should remember D and me [diversity and inclusion] – “gentlemen”, “men”, “boys” and other expressions should not be used. “

The ban on women serving in close combat units was lifted in 2016 and since 2018 women can apply for all military roles.

The military has also introduced gender and age neutral fitness tests, with the same standards required of male and female soldiers in tests such as pushing and running.

But while such initiatives are supported, stopping the troops using phrases that are included in so many daily conversations tends to test their patience.

A soldier on duty said: “I have been in operations with a lot of women. I haven’t met any of them who were offended by the word “guy”.

“Someone of such a sensitive nature, whether male or female, wouldn’t last five minutes.

“I think the bosses are trying to solve a problem that frankly doesn’t exist.

“There is no ingrained or subconscious prejudice in the use of words like ‘boys’… It’s absurd.


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