Commonwealth soldiers form union

" . . will give advice . . "

Isn't that why we now have Equality & Diverstity advisors?

"In some units, the white soldiers will be given priority for courses over the black soldiers, and the black soldier - no matter how long he's been in, if he has been in four years longer than the white soldier - he will be put behind the white soldier,"

Is this actual racism or perceived racism?

If it is indeed the case, then there are proper channels to go through. In the current climate, COs will be too scared not to take complaints seriously.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
I thought eligibility depends upon a number of factors. These include seniority but doesn't CO's recommendation, based on merit, ability to complete the course, etc come first. For years many of those who have been constantly dripping about their lot below decks and in the ranks have always included a large number of idle buggers who expect it all on a plate. Colour, creed or ethnicity should never enter into the equation.

SF
 
I wonder if this guy is actually a soldier, and what 'commonwealth' country he originates from? If any ther is any grain of truth, then he could be one bitter person who thinks he is better than he actually is.
Is this more like a bbc windup? - we all know what this leftie organisation is capable of.

I couldn't find anything on arrse about this.

:?: And is it not illegal for service people to form a union?
 
Sounds like a load of shit to me.
I have never encountered any racism during my service apart from a bit of banter which works both ways. I am not saying this is the case, but the only commonwealth troops I ever came across had a poor command of the English language, maybe that is a factor when it comes to course selection?
 

2badge_mango

War Hero
There were a fair number of Fijians serving with the SAS at one time. Didn't seem to hold them back when the Military Medals were dished out.
Haven't heard Johnson Beharry VC or his newly recruited younger brother complaining either. There will inevitably be isolated cases of racial discrimination, there are bigots in all walks of life, but in my experience the average serviceman is colour blind. Had some excellent runs with my Trinidadian oppo in one ship, used to take a Bogtrotter ashore with us as a makeweight!

2BM
 
Gordon Bennet.

It was always the golden rule. We hate the Southern Softies. Bless em! And they hate the Scousers, Jocks, Taffies, Paddies, Yorkies [had to count those in with being Lancastrian bred] so why leave any others out.
 

onions

GCM
The thing that disturbs me is the fact, that when the interview was shown on BBC tv this morning, there was a LAWYER sat with the soldier. Cultivating a client maybe?

Keep Striving.
 

danny

War Hero
From what i have seen of the navy there is only banter not racism. Well i did see one case but he was discharged and he was of indian decent.
 
It is this sort of thing which actually encourages racism and division within a ship/unit...
Knock it on the head before it gets too serious..
 
From the BBC website today..

Say it as it is????
Top Tory quits over Army race row
A Conservative frontbench spokesman has resigned after saying some ethnic minority soldiers used racism as "cover" for laziness.
Shadow home affairs spokesman Patrick Mercer, an ex-officer, told The Times he had "had the good fortune" to command a racially mixed battalion.

But he said being called a "black bastard" was part and parcel of Army life for ethnic minority soldiers.

He was asked by his party to quit his post and did so.

Labour MP Sadiq Khan called the comments "shocking" and "outrageous".

'Way it is'

Of the English-born black men he knew in the Army, Mr Mercer told The Times: "They prospered inside my regiment, but if you'd said to them: 'Have you ever been called a nigger,' they would have said: 'Yes.'

"But equally, a chap with red hair, for example, would also get a hard time - a far harder time than a black man, in fact."

Mr Mercer, MP for Newark, added: "But that's the way it is in the Army. If someone is slow on the assault course, you'd get people shouting: 'Come on you fat bastard, come on you ginger bastard, come on you black bastard.'"

Mr Mercer also said: "I came across a lot of ethnic minority soldiers who were idle and useless, but who used racism as cover for their misdemeanours.

"I remember one guy from St Anne's (Nottingham) who was constantly absent and who had a lot of girlfriends.

"When he came back one day I asked him why, and he would say: 'I was racially abused.' And we'd say: 'No you weren't, you were off with your girlfriends again.'"

Mr Khan said: "I find these comments shocking and most members of the public will find them outrageous."

Story from BBC NEWS:
 

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