SAS members have been told to stop using offensive nicknames. The ruling was made after an intelligence corps soldier complained after he was referred to as “green slime.”
Intelligence corps soldiers have traditionally been referred to as green slime because of the colour of their beret.
According to The Mirror:
Referring to the RAF as crabs – because their uniforms supposedly match a blue ointment once used to get rid of pubic lice – will also be outlawed.
And calling officers ‘Ruperts’ will no longer be tolerated.
SAS sources said the terms were just banter for stressful situations. But a memo was sent out by top brass after a male soldier complained.
An insider said: “The SAS thrives on banter as they have to do a lot of nasty stuff and it’s their way of dealing with it.
“They rely heavily on supporting units and although they use nicknames when dealing with them, it doesn’t mean there is no respect. It goes both ways.
“We could end up at war with Russia. Most soldiers have more to worry about than playful name-calling.”
Last year, SAS officers were banned from calling the SBS the ‘Shaky Boats Service’.