Senior officer in Prince Harry's former regiment 'embarrassed to march with fat soldiers'

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Army Air Corp troops were scolded during a practice by the unnamed officer ahead of their televised march before the Princess Royal in Salisbury yesterday, the Mail on Sunday reports.

It’s reported that during his shocking outburst he told troops off about their size and lack of physical conditioning.

The next day in a memo he told troops at the Army Aviation Centre in Hampshire to eat less, move more and steer clear of beige food  and that he didn’t care his comments caused offence.

The Mail on Sunday reports he wrote: “Specific faults were found on six soldiers I saw yesterday. That includes three clearly very overweight. Those individuals were told to eat less, move more and steer clear of beige food. Offence was caused but I don’t care.”

In reference to Armed Forces Day parade, he added: “I do not want to appear on national television with fat soldiers.”

The memo was widely circulated at the Army Aviation Centre where Prince Harry trained, the Mail On Sunday reported.

His comments are a stark contrast to the Army’s recently adopted softly-softly approach towards tackling health issues within the Forces.

An Army spokesperson said: “Armed Forces Day is a chance for the whole country to celebrate the work of the Army, the Reserves, cadets, veterans and their families. 

“While no one was banned from appearing on parade, the Army encourages a healthy lifestyle and soldiers are regularly given advice on diet, nutrition, and exercise.”

An MOD spokesperson said: “We take a holistic approach to wellbeing, which includes educating personnel in nutrition, diet and exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight.

“As Body Mass Index (BMI) is not necessarily an indication of fitness or operational ability, all personnel must regularly undertake robust fitness tests. Those who do not pass are supported to ensure they meet the necessary standards.”

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