A soldier who fought in the second Gulf War has spoken of his anger after he claimed he was rejected for a job as a police officer because of his race and sex.
Mark Gough, aged 25, who has fought in Iraq and Bosnia, was one of 109 white male recruits cut from Gloucestershire police's recent selection process.
The force attracted criticism last week after it emerged that they had given priority to "females and applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds".
The move was part of its programme to boost the number of minority ethnic officers within its ranks.
The recruitment drive attracted 301 applicants, of whom 192 could be sent to the police officer assessment centre.
The 109 would-be officers rejected were those who in a questionnaire scored the lowest marks out of the 172 white males who applied.
Mr Gough, a father-of-one from Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, has served in the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery for six years. He said he had always wanted to become a police officer and had left the Army after the second Gulf War in 2003 so he could prepare for the role.
He said he was shocked with the force's decision to reject him: "I'm surprised that I quite possibly have been judged on the fact that I am a white male.
"I served with the Army for six years and as a part of my resettlement training I undertook a week with the police and had to take tests at the end, which I passed with ease."
Civil liberties group Liberty and Law last week reported Gloucestershire Constabulary to the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) after the men were rejected.
The pressure group also reported Avon and Somerset Constabulary to the CRE and the EOC last November after it emerged that nearly 200 white men had been turned down for jobs with the force because of their skin colour and gender.
A Gloucestershire police spokeswoman said she could not discuss individual applications but all deselected recruits could reapply in the future. Mr Gough will apply again to join the force.