The defence secretary is alleged to be “furious” after it was reported that the Army needs to chill out safety clearance vetting for abroad recruits to spice up range and inclusion.
The UK’s Armed Forces are trying abroad to spice up ethnic minority illustration as a result of they’ve constantly didn’t hit recruitment targets, in keeping with The Sunday Telegraph.
The newspaper stated it had seen a doc, titled The British Army’s Race Action Plan, which outlines a sequence of “actions” to spice up illustration and describes safety checks as “the primary barrier to non-UK personnel gaining a commission in the Army”.
The steering reportedly vows to “challenge SC [security clearance] requirements” to extend illustration within the intelligence and officer corps, roles which have “uncontrolled access to secret assets”.
Grant Shapps was reportedly “furious” in regards to the findings and was “ready to go to battle”.
“I am ordering a review of diversity and inclusivity policy at the MoD (Ministry of Defence),” the defence secretary advised the paper.
“We want people from all backgrounds to serve in our military but some policies appear to be more about a political agenda than practically improving the lives of our dedicated soldiers and military personnel.
“There will definitely not be any reducing of safety clearance necessities on my watch.
“And no one should be offended by having religion as part of remembrance services. You don’t have to be Christian to appreciate and respect the history and traditions of the United Kingdom.”
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An MoD supply advised the paper: “There are personnel issues that need addressing in the armed services but some of these policies are about a woke agenda and extreme critical race theories.
“These are leftist concepts which have leaked into the civil service and they’re at finest a distraction and at worst poisoning the broader dialogue.”
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‘Lunacy of pushing woke concepts’
Twelve former senior army officers lambasted the relaxed vetting coverage as “dangerous madness” in an open letter to the defence secretary.
“Among the lunacy of pushing woke ideas around the use of ‘gender neutral’ pronouns, or allowing male soldiers to wear make-up or flowing locks on parades to accentuate their feminine side, we pick out the wickedness of a policy to dilute security vetting in order to boost representation of ethnic minorities,” they wrote.
“With Islamism and other extremism rampant, this is nothing short of dangerous madness.”
An MoD spokesperson stated: “Our priority is protecting the national security of the United Kingdom and ensuring the operational effectiveness of our armed forces.
“We take safety extraordinarily significantly and make sure that all personnel have the suitable safety clearance, which is reviewed on a case-by-case foundation.”