Face of Army diversity campaign targeted by racist abuse

Face of Army diversity campaign targeted by racist abuse

PICTURED: Corporal Kerry-Ann Morris (Image: Kerry-Ann Morris/Facebook)

THE BRITISH army has disciplined six soldiers after they were found to have racially abused a woman who was one of the faces of the British Army’s diversity campaign.

Cpl Kerry-Ann Morris fronted the British Army’s Your Army Needs You, a recruitment campaign that was unveiled last month to encourage more millennials to apply for roles within the force.

Six soldiers from 159 (Colenso) Battery discussed Morris on social media, accusing her of using her race to obtain promotions and falsely stating that her white peers were racist in order to derail their Army careers, the Mail on Sunday reported.

After discovering the messages which were shared among soldiers, Morris, who reportedly found the comments deeply upsetting, raised the issue with the Army’s BAME network, an initiative that was launched last year to provide support to service personnel from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Cpl Kerry-Ann Morris in the Army’s recent recruitment campaign (Image: MoD/Crown Copyright

An investigation by the Army found that the messages were racially abusive.

An defence source told the Mail on Sunday: “Cpl Morris is a high achiever and it appears some of her colleagues are looking for excuses as to why they’re not doing as well as her. They know they will be in very serious trouble if they ever repeat such offensive accusations which breached the Army’s values and standards policy.”

As a result of Morris’ intervention, the soldiers, who were facing expulsion from the Army, were disciplined by senior officers, the source told the publication.

“It was to Cpl Morris’s credit that she requested the soldiers should be dealt with lightly on this occasion. As the victim she could have pressed for more severe sanctions to be imposed but she was adamant that should not happen.”

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