Soldiers Banned From Saying ‘Mankind’ and ‘Sportsmanship’ Over Fears They Could Cause Offense

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Societies across the globe are doing their best to make the world more inclusive by implementing gender-neutral terms.

And now, in the Army’s latest gender equality drive, soldiers have been banned from using words like “mankind.”

Keep scrolling for the low-down…

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Now, the world has progressed a lot over the last few years in terms of inclusivity.

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But despite a huge shift in language, there’s still a lot of work left to be done…

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We may be unable to change history, even though a lot of us would like to.

But that doesn’t mean we cannot be progressive and respectful moving forward.

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More and more people are now making a conscious effort to include gender-neutral pronouns in day-to-day life.

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And it’s safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community is now bigger than ever and if they think this will help us to achieve equality, then we should respect that.

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So much so, that the United Nations shared this important tweet.

They wrote: “What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you’re unsure about someone’s gender or are referring to a group,” along with a list of appropriate gender-neutral language to use.

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For instance…

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“Chair” instead of “Chairman,” “Police Officer” instead of “Police Man,” and “Spouse” instead of “Husband/Wife.”

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And now the Army is following, as part of their latest gender equality drive, soldiers have been banned from using words like “mankind.”

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But the news has not gone down well online…

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As per the Daily Mail, troops from the 22 Engineer Regiment have been banned from referring to each other as “lads.”

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In a remodelling to become a gender-neutral organisation, words such as “mankind” and “sportsmanship” have also been banned.

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The sergeant major for 22 Engineer Regiment’s enforced a ban on the word “lads” following a series of online meetings.

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He reportedly told troops that “values and standards” had slacked recently while conducting business using Zoom calls or Microsoft Teams.
“There has been a drop in V and S over the last few weeks… Saluting/bracing up… make sure people are getting paid the correct compliments… All are to remember D and I [diversity and inclusion] – “gents”, “men”, “lads” and other phrases are not to be used,” he said.

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However, the move has left some unsure.

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Speaking with the Daily Mail, a serving soldier said: “I’ve served on operations with lots of women. I didn’t meet one who was offended by the word “lads”.

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“Someone of such a sensitive nature, be they male or female, would not last five minutes,” they added.

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“I think the bosses are trying to solve a problem which frankly doesn’t exist. There is no engrained or subconscious bias in the use of words like “lads”… This is nonsense.”

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Since 2018, women have been able to apply for all military roles.

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The Army has also introduced gender and age-neutral fitness tests, whereby males and females are required to achieve the same standard.
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