A Scots Guardsman has said he plans to resign from the British Army after his face was used without his knowledge to recruit ‘snowflakes’ and turn them into soldiers.
Stephen McWhirter, 28, spoke out on Facebook after the controversial new Army recruitment posters were unveiled last week.
He said he had no idea his image would be used in the drive targeting Generation Z that stated: ‘snowflakes – the army needs you and your compassion.’
The soldier, based at Wellington Barracks in London, spoke about the £1.5million promotional push in a discussion with fellow squaddies online, according to the Mail on Sunday.
He said he was bombarded with sarcastic messages from colleagues and has accused the army of leaving him open to ridicule by placing his face alongside the derogatory term snowflake which is used to describe someone being over-emotional, easily offended or unable to deal with opposing opinions.
Mr McWhirter, who joined the Army in 2016 and has protected the Queen at Buckingham Palace, said he will resign at the ‘earliest opportunity’.
‘Imagine the army taking a photo of you and writing “snow flake” in massive bold letters above your head. I’d be signed straight off,’ another soldier wrote in response to the poster. Mr McWhirter responded by writing: ‘Don’t f*****g worry, mate, I am.’
Under the terms of his employment the soldier will be able to hand in his notice to top brass in five months. He passed out of the Army’s Infantry Training Centre at Catterick, North Yorkshire, in 2017 and has performed public duties with the Scots Guards in London and Edinburgh
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