The British Army has released a new advert showing a Muslim soldier praying as it defied critics of an inclusive recruitment campaign which critics have called 'politically correct'.
The new film, called Keeping My Faith, shows a soldier taking off his helmet and kneeling down in prayer while his comrades wait respectfully nearby.
It is the latest step in the Army's 'This is Belonging' campaign, which has featured adverts telling recruits they are allowed to be emotional and reassuring gay people that they will be accepted if they sign up.
But the videos uploaded to YouTube came under fire last week when retired Major General Tim Cross said recruits needed to know that 'we are not going to be soft and we are not going to be nice to people'.
In the latest video the Muslim soldier is shown washing his face and using a prayer mat while his colleagues keep quiet.
The caption 'This is Belonging' appears as the soldier gets up again and the squad moves on with its hillside patrol.
Colonel Richard Kemp, who led British troops in Afghanistan, said the new campaign showed an Army 'being forced down a route of political correctness'.
He said: 'What it clearly is doing is appealing, trying to appeal, to a series of minorities who may or may not be interested in joining the forces.
'And by doing that, it's almost neglecting the main group of people who are interested in joining.'