Growing Racism In The Armed Forces


Ombudsman Nicola Williams has urged the MoD to do more to tackle ‘depressingly frequent’ racism, with incidents happening with “increasing and depressing frequency”.

Williams said she was waiting for the MoD to act on a number of her recommendations, and told the BBC she “would not go as far” as to describe the army as “institutionally racist”.

However, she added ...
I would absolutely say the army and the Armed Forces have issues with racism which need to be tackled.
It comes after a high-profile case in which two service personnel took legal action following allegations of racism. An employment judge ruled in September that two former paratroopers who took the MoD to tribunal had been subjected to “highly offensive” racial harassment. Nkululeko Zulu and Hani Gue said they had suffered racial discrimination and harassment, which the MoD did not take reasonable steps to prevent.

Williams said at the time that there was a “continued disproportionality” of complaints from female and ethnic minority staff, as well as people being dissuaded from coming forward.

An MoD spokesman said ...
Racism has no place in the military and anyone found to be behaving in such a way can expect to be disciplined, discharged or dismissed.
We are committed to stamping it out and have a range of measures to ensure that this issue is tackled. This includes creating a new team to deal more quickly and effectively with complaints by service personnel of racism, shifting the culture of the Armed Forces so that everyone feels included, with even more emphasis on stronger leadership action and improved education and training.
Earlier this year we published the Wigston report to further address inappropriate behaviour in the Armed Forces.
However actual MoD actions give the lie to their stated ''committment''. There is, indeed, more effort put into covering up dismissing incidents than investigating them.