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A case of political correctness down under

An Australian navy submarine skipper who suggested female sailors wear bikinis to help reverse a recruitment crisis has been criticised by lawmakers but supported by superiors, local media said on Thursday.

Commander Tom Phillips, appointed to the Australian navy’s HMAS Farncomb last year, also joked in a men’s magazine interview that the submariner equivalent of the notorious “mile-high club” for people having sex in aircraft was the “going down club.”

Asked by Ralph magazine “if female sailors all had to be hot and had to wear bikinis, would that help recruitment?,” Phillips responded: “It would certainly get the right demographic of young men in. I’m not sure how feasible it is, however.”

Commander Tom Phillips must not be aware of this Australian navy policy

Australia’s opposition Labor Party has questioned the need for female sailors to be given breast enlargements paid for with public money.

An armed forces spokesman defended the operations, saying they were carried out for psychological reasons, not to make sailors “look sexy”.

Brigadier Andrew Nikolic said the “holistic needs” of service personnel were considered under defence policy.

I guess in case a ship sinks there wasn’t enough flotation devices around. Stomach in, chest out, has an entirely different meaning in the Australian military.

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