A member of the Royal Dragoon Guards with some of B Company from 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 051118 CREDIT MOD.
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Greggs 'Ban' For Royal Dragoon Guards

Soldiers have been warned that snacking outside Greggs, smoking or texting and walking while in uniform “looks unprofessional”.

A member of the Royal Dragoon Guards with some of B Company from 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 051118 CREDIT MOD.

A member of the Royal Dragoon Guards with some of B Company from 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Picture: MOD).

Soldiers from the Royal Dragoon Guards have been told “under no circumstances” should they “stand outside Greggs eating a pasty”.

In a document seen by The Mail On Sunday, soldiers are warned that doing so “looks unprofessional”.

They are also cautioned against smoking in uniform or texting while walking.   

Officers are urged to take a hard line against offenders, with the document insisting they “need to have the fibre and moral courage to police this and be all over those who make the Royal Dragoon Guards look unprofessional”.

The Royal Dragoon Guards were formed in 1992 following the amalgamation of four of the senior cavalry regiments in the British Army.

They describe themselves as “an aggressive reconnaissance force” and are based in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

The ban comes months after the health and fitness of Armed Forces personnel was subjected to media scrutiny.

Figures released in October revealed almost 18,000 servicemen and women are overweight, 398 troops have type 2 diabetes, 160 personnel have been prescribed diet pills and 16 given liposuction. An MOD spokesman said:

“Healthy living and fitness in the Armed Forces is of vital importance.

"Our personnel are required to pass our challenging fitness tests and those who do not pass are provided with diet and fitness support, in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight.”

Forces News have contacted Greggs for a statement.