More Black Soldiers Wanted in the British Army

The Ministry of Defence has recently advertised for soldiers who ‘have to be black.’ The move comes after the BBC recently sacked a Radio 4 comedian for being ‘white and male.’

In its attempt to diversify, the Armed Forces has come under fire for being discriminatory against prospective white soldiers after attempting to recruit exclusively black soldiers.

The posts were made in Manchester and Leeds and advertised for both privates and lance corporals as a result of previously low ethnic minority sign ups in those areas.

However, many have been critical of what has been seen as overly sensitive political correctness and a snub to meritocracy in an effort to meet diversity targets.

After the Army adverts appeared on internal leaflets, Dar Jacques, a former Royal Engineer, wrote on Facebook: ‘It’s pure racism. If it was a post for a white Brit what would the “diverse” world say then? No jobs should be given to anyone because of their colour or origin.’

One senior defence source said: ‘The Army wants more black and Asian people to join but this is not the right way to do it.
‘More black people will join if they believe they are unlikely to be bullied and the colour of their skin will not affect their chances of advancement. It’s not about having a black face at the recruiting office.’

It also seems that the advert is illegal. The Equality Act 2010 code of practice states: ‘If an employer makes a statement in an advertisement that in offering employment they will treat applicants less favourably because of a protected characteristic, this would amount to direct discrimination.’

The 102 Logistic Brigade which wrote the advert has pledged to alter the wording, but many see the latest development as part of a systemic tide of quotas being more relevant than individual ability within public organisations.

One such example is of BAFTA award winning radio star Jon Holmes, who was sacked after being told that an overhaul was planned to incorporate more women and ethnic groups. This came after 18 years of service.

Holmes revealed that he knew of many others within the industry who has also been ‘positively discriminated’ against.

Ethnic minorities make up just 7% of the armed forces, compared to 12% within the British workforce. BAME Officers make up just 2.4% overall.

A year ago, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told service chiefs that by 2020 at least 10 per cent of all new recruits must come from an ethnically diverse background. However, MoD figures for 2016 show there has been no increase in the recruitment of ethnic minorities.

An Army spokesman said last night: ‘It is important to have a diverse recruiting force to attract the brightest and the best.

‘Some of the language of this document is not consistent with our approach and it will be changed at the earliest opportunity.’ 


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