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Poll results: Should the Army drop male ranking conventions?

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Forces News poll results are in, after the public was asked whether the British Army should drop male ranking conventions – following calls to provide gender-neutral alternatives.

A social media poll had received 393 votes on the matter.

The majority, 71.8%, voted no, while 21.1% voted yes and 7.1% were not sure.

It comes as the RAF and Royal Navy have both made steps towards more inclusive language in recent years.

Women only make up 10% of the Army's regular forces and 15% of its future reserves. 

Amid calls for a change, the service told Forces News in a recent article that it values "every soldier within the Army" and it "remains open to different views and opinions on the naming of ranks" as "women, like men, play a key part".