Catterick Garrison soldiers have been banned from eating at Greggs, according to reports today.
Soldiers at the base have been told they face being disciplined if they are spotted eating from the local branch.
A document about dress and discipline around the barracks warns members of the Royal Dragoon Guards that ‘under no circumstances’ should they ‘stand outside Greggs eating a pasty’, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The paper says senior officers have also banned troops from having a cigarette while in uniform or from sending text messages as they walk down the street in a bid to improve their image.
The document says it is because doing so makes the regiment ‘look unprofessional’.
They have asked middle-ranking troops, including sergeants and corporals, to find the ‘moral courage’ to blow the whistle on those who defy the ban.
Non-commissioned officers ‘need to have the fibre and moral courage to police this and be all over those who make the Royal Dragoon Guards look unprofessional,’ the document says.
An MoD spokesman said: “Healthy living and fitness in the Armed Forces is of vital importance.
“Our personnel are required to pass our challenging fitness tests and those who do not pass are provided with diet and fitness support, in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight.”