British troopsThe reply will be kept secret and recruits have the option to “prefer not to say”. The measure has been introduced in a bid to foster greater tolerance within the armed forces, which allowed gay recruits to serve openly only in 2000. Recruits will also be invited to say additional information on how open they feel they can be regarding their sexual orientation. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The MoD proudly encourages diversity at all levels.” Express