RAF skirt ban: 'rules have got to be fair to everyone', says former navigator

RAF skirt ban: 'rules have got to be fair to everyone', says former navigator

The RAF has decided to ban servicewomen from wearing skirts to cater to transgender members

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A former member of the Royal Air Force has said the recent ban on skirts needs to cater to everyone in the organisation. 

The Royal Air Force decided to ban servicewomen from wearing skirts on parade today in order to cater to transgender troops. 

John Nichol, a former navigator who was shot down and captured in the first Gulf war, told Paul Ross the RAF might be "a bit excessive" in trying to provide an accepting environment for LGBT people.

He said: "It's a really interesting thing. The RAF, the navy, and the army are now recognised by Stonewall as leading employers for LGBT people.

"What the RAF is trying to do is be more inclusive. But what you need to do is ask someone in the RAF what they think of this. 

"My sense is that it does seem a bit excessive, but it's about what the people they're trying to affect think. 

"Your rules have got to be fair to everyone."

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