The Army has launched a new Black Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) network, to celebrate and support serving soldiers, as well as to inspire new recruits to join.
The initiative is open to all BAME serving soldiers and Ministry of Defence Civil Servants, whether they wear a uniform or not.
Lt General James Bashall, Commander Home Command, Aldershot, said:
"It wants to be a support network for all the soldiers and officers in the BAME community in the Army, to allow them to have a point of reference, someone they can talk to, help with their struggles and just get some advice from."
Previously, there had been an ethnic minority recruiting team but no support network for BAME personnel once they were serving.
For a year the initiative has been running, before its official Army-wide launch. SSgt Karl Harris believes the results are already visible:
"The network has a lot of offer, support, career advice, family advice for those who have family abroad".