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I know it's from the Daily Heil but does this guy have a point out should he wind his neck in?
"General Sir Mike Rose was Commanding Officer of the SAS when it brought the Iranian Embassy siege to an explosive end and, two years later, when it achieved extraordinary success in the Falklands War.
But he has arguably saved his most devastating assault till now
It comes, I can disclose, in the form of a blistering letter to Lieutenant General Ivan Jones, Commander UK Field Army, who has posted a video online in which he chats with BAME and LGBT members of the Army — and a single mother — all of whom are described as his ‘reverse mentors
Rose, himself a former Commander UK Field Army, warns that Jones imperils the Army’s effectiveness by ‘unquestioningly’ focusing on ‘the modern definition of diversity’ — ‘differences in racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, sexual orientation and cultural backgrounds’.
This, he explains, is because the implication of Jones’s cosy chat is that ‘diverse make-up of the team’ is as important, if not more so, ‘than the performance and outcome of that team’.
Accusing Jones of being ‘in danger of sowing dissension and undermining cohesion’, Rose asserts that a ‘focus on outcome rather than team diversity should surely be the overriding approach of the British Army today.
He then directs Jones to the performance of Brigadier Mike Calvert, who, in Burma in World War II, ‘started to turn the tide against the invading Japanese Army.’ ‘He had no interest in worrying about whether he was a homosexual (he was) or whether he was truly “being himself”,’ reflects Rose.
‘Nor did he feel the need to engage in “open honest conversations” with his junior soldiers. He was too busy giving orders, leading from the front and killing Japanese.’
Rose also suggests if Jones is really intent on securing a better reflection of the UK in the Army today, he recruits ‘a Sikh battalion from the many Sikhs living in this country — a martial race whose forefathers fought gallantly for the British in two World Wars’.
The Ministry of Defence declined to comment."
It's one thing for anonymous usernames to discuss diversity on arrse, but this time there's an illustrious General calling it out (albeit retired).