Piers Morgan blast as Army top brass ban the word ‘lads’ to be more ‘inclusive’

Piers Morgan blasted Army leaders after soldiers were banned from referring to each other as “lads” in a drive for gender equality.

Troops from 22 Engineer Regiment were told the word may cause offence – even if no women were present.

Words such as “mankind” and “sportsmanship” have also been barred as the Ministry of Defence becomes gender-neutral.

Former Good Morning Britain host Piers, 56, told Twitter followers: “FFS. Anyone that easily offended should not be in the British Army.”

The ban was spelled out by the regiment’s sergeant major in a memo about online meetings, which read: “Make sure people are getting paid the correct compliments.

“All are to remember… ‘gents’, ‘men’, ‘lads’ and other phrases are not to be used.”

One serving soldier wrote on social media: “I’ve served on operations with lots of women.

“I didn’t meet one who was offended by the word ‘lads’. The bosses are trying to solve a problem which frankly doesn’t exist.”

Since 2018 women have been able to apply for all military roles. The Army has introduced gender and age-neutral fitness tests, while millions have been spent on gender-neutral bathroom facilities.

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An Army spokesman said: “The MoD is a modern employer and determined to offer an inclusive environment for all those serving their country.”

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But someone should really try ­reminding the new PC generation of top brass of those facts.

Now some bright sparks have launched a barmy equality drive banning soldiers from calling each other “lads” – even if no women are present.

Apparently, it may cause offence to our heroes. What nonsense.

Defence chiefs should focus on fighting the real enemies.

Not pushing some ludicrous woke agenda.

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