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Special forces bosses plan to blacklist SAS and SBS troops who cash in on their military credentials for TV stardom.
New members have been told that a career in the SAS should not be seen as a stepping stone to a celebrity status.
And those who do could face being “cancelled” by the regiment and banned from military bases.
One former SAS chief believes shows like Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and books, which reveal special operations, are very damaging to the regiment.
The ex-officer said: “The SAS’s and, to a lesser extent, the SBS’s mystique has been gradually eroded by books, films, TV documentaries and shows like SAS: Who Dares Wins.
“We often have the wrong type of person wanting to join up.
“There have been some soldiers turning up for their first day of SAS selection saying that if they pass, they’ll serve for three years and then go on TV.” Several ex-members of the special forces have been blacklisted from military bases, including at least one member of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Others such as Ant Middleton, 41 – a former member of the SBS – may find himself being declared persona non grata. It means he could be banned from returning to the regiment HQ in Herefordshire for various ceremonies.
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Under current rules, anyone serving in the SAS must sign a legally enforceable confidentiality agreement.
Middleton revealed earlier this year that Channel 4 had made the decision not to renew his contract.
It was later alleged that he made 'inappropriate comments' to female crew members.
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In response, Ant denied being inappropriate to female crew members and said it was "indirect complaints" which led to the allegations being made.
He also claimed he wanted to leave the show before he was axed and accused Channel 4 of "protecting their brand" by announcing the decision to fire him before he could quit.
- Channel 4
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