Snowflake Army bosses have ordered SAS troopers to stop wearing a “F*** al-Qaeda” badge in case it upsets people.
The patch was given to members of the elite force by Delta Force comrades during the fighting in Iraq and Syria.
It is understood SAS soldiers wore the badge on operations to kill the enemy while serving alongside the US unit.
But a complaint was made by a senior officer who saw an SAS soldier wearing the badge at a
coalition base in Iraq last November.
A source claimed the officer said it was “un-British for a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces to have the word ‘F***’ on his uniform”.
Now some SAS troops have complained they are victims of “creeping political correctness”.
One said: “It was a bit of harmless fun, a morale booster.
“As far as we are concerned we were showing some solidarity with our US comrades. They have lost far more members of their special forces teams than we have and we wanted to show them a bit of support.
“What should the badge say, ‘Have a nice day’? Our job is to kill these people and it helps a lot if you don’t like them. Let’s face it, we have done far worse things to al-Qaeda than swear at them.”
But another ex-member of the SAS who left five years ago said: “I’m pretty surprised at this. The SAS are a very professional unit and this would not have happened when I was serving.
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“You can’t cut around the battlefield with swear words attached to your uniform – that is very American.”
The Daily Star Sunday previously reported how members of the SAS were asked to remove a “Punisher” skull badge from their uniform because it was too similar to Death’s Head badges worn by the Nazi SS in World War Two.
It is understood that the emblem was adopted by troops who had killed terrorists after the unit worked alongside US Navy Seals in Iraq.
The badge was specially made for the regiment and worn as a patch on their helmets or body armour.
The SAS have also been criticised for growing beards on operations and for having hair longer than the regular Army rules allow.
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