Yes. How do we know? Not long
ago, female soldiers in Queen’s bodyguard asked the Army to stop calling
Privates in the Foot Guards
are all known as Guardsmen whether they are male or female.
The Foot Guards has five
regiments, the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards, The Scots Guards, the
Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards. All the regiments wear the ceremonial red
tunic and bearskin hats when on guard duty outside Royal Palaces.
Now the Army is considering
changing the name Guardsmen following complaints by female soldiers.
A spokesman said: ‘We remain
open to different views on the naming of ranks.’
According to The Sun, one
female private said she was ‘so tired of being called a man every day’.
In a post on the Army
Servicewoman’s Network, she asked: ‘Does anybody know if the rank of Guardsman
is going to change soon?’
Some have suggested using the
term Guard, with the Army suggesting they were open to change with their
commitment to ‘equality, diversity and inclusivity’.