Military top brass consider ending ban on male soldiers wearing make-up while on duty after personnel accused the Army of double standards over leaked orders for officers based in Canada
- A leaked list of regulations for British soldiers in Canada was met with uproar
- Men told ‘Make up not to be worn’ while women allowed to wear small amount
- Now the Ministry of Defence says it is looking at modernising the guidelines
A leaked list of regulations for British soldiers in Canada was met with uproar after it banned males from wearing make up while allowing females to wear ‘inconspicuous’ amounts.
Now the Ministry of Defence says it is looking at modernising the guidelines to be inclusive of men who wish to wear make up.
The guidelines state that for males ‘Make up is not to be worn’ while females may wear make up if ‘inconspicuous’.
The document, reportedly handed to British soldiers in Canada, was leaked to ‘fill your boots UK’ Facebook group
An Army spokesperson said: ‘Queen’s Regulations currently state that while on duty, male soldiers may not wear make-up.
‘However, as an inclusive employer that recognises the diversity of its personnel, we are currently in the process of revising our guidance in this area to make it gender neutral.’
The document was leaked to ‘fill your boots UK’ Facebook group.
Max Bunting commented: ‘I wonder if the Commander BATUS has read his own EDI policy, I’m a bloke and I’ll wear eyeliner if I want.’
Jamie Dean said: ‘Not very inclusive mind…’
Andrew Webster added: ‘All I want to know is what’s been going on in batus for it to make it on orders that blokes can’t wear makeup? Block party’s must be getting more out of hand than normal.’
Male and female soldiers (stock)
Warren Smith said: ‘I’m offended in this day and age that as someone who identifies as a male I am not allowed to wear makeup.’
Liam Harris called for action from the soldiers commenting: ‘Right this is where every bloke needs fight the man and drag up.’
Mark J Cresswell said: ‘Says males can’t wear makeup but women can and then has the E & D (equality and diversity) policy on the same f***ing page.’
British special forces soldiers with weapon (stock)