The British Army’s headquarters now has gender-neutral toilets, it has emerged.
Signs referring to Ladies and Gentlemen at the Army’s headquarters in Andover, Hampshire, have been removed in an effort to promote equality in the military.
Military officers have been warned they will not be promoted unless the ‘inclusiveness and diversity’ of units is improved, the Sun on Sunday reported.
But Colonel Richard Kemp, who led British troops in Afghanistan, hit out at Army chiefs for ‘political correctness’.
Colonel Richard Kemp blasted Army chiefs for ‘political correctness’ over the recent changes
Gender neutral toilets have been brought in at the Army’s main base in Andover, Wiltshire
He told the newspaper: ‘It’s quite shocking that the Army is being dragged into this whole world of political correctness.
‘Given how stretched and how busy our forces are, it is surprising someone has time to worry about this sort of thing.’
An Army spokesperson said: ‘We provide a range of toilet facilities for our personnel.’
Earlier this year former Army commanders have criticised a new £1.6million diversity campaign telling new recruits it is OK to cry, have feelings and pray.
Military officials launched a series of YouTube videos to encourage recruits from different backgrounds, genders, sexualities and faiths.
The scheme, which has seen a series of adverts broadcast on television, radio and digital platforms, is titled ‘This Is Belonging 2018’.
The drive includes a series of animations on social media, among them films that ask: ‘Can I be gay in the Army?’ and ‘What if I get emotional in the Army?’.
Another film, entitled Keeping My Faith, shows a Muslim soldier taking off his helmet and kneeling down in prayer while his comrades wait respectfully nearby.
Colonel Kemp and several other Army chiefs recently blasted a £1.6 million equality campaign
The scheme has seen several diversity adverts shown on television and is called ‘This Is Belonging 2018’