I wanted to Join the Irish Guards and follow my uncle, however, I was too small being only 5’ 7”. If I was joining now I would be absolutely fine.Other than to highlight their PC credentials, I wonder if those who set such targets can name one really tangible advantage of achieving them. The usual answer is” Well, we’ll better reflect the society we serve”. Usually delivered with a self righteous, patronising inflection whilst studiously avoiding answering the part about, actual, physical advantages.
Have any of the modern generation of Guards performed less well in Iraq and Afghanistan or even on PD due to this lack of height or was it just an outdated rule.
The politicians set the targets, however, why should individuals who are perfectly capable of doing a job be disqualified because they don’t have the same dangly bits as the person next to them?