Military chiefs order troops to use gender-neutral language at training base to avoid upsetting women and trans groups

Military chiefs have ordered troops to use gender-neutral words in a bid to avoid upsetting women and minority groups.

Phrases such as ‘mankind’ and ‘sportsmanship’ have been banned amid fears they discourage trans, gay and lesbian people from joining the forces.

The new guidelines have been found pinned to the walls of toilets at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham which trains the Army, Navy and RAF.