Nowadays, people are keen on calling out what they believe is discrimination as social injustices, as we should. However, there are also some circumstances when certain traits and qualifications are needed and crucial. For instance, the army has a height requirement so that they won’t have to spend the budget on the customization of the uniforms for each recruit if they would be outside the standard height range. During World War I, the British military imposed height restrictions, too, but for other reasons. This, later on, resulted in the establishment of unique battalions called the Bantam Battalions.

Way Too Many Men

When World War I broke out in 1914, the men of the UK were all eager to serve their country. In fact, three-quarters of a million of them made their way to the recruiting station to enlist, which was way more than what the military could process and didn’t think they would need.

When the war started, they did not really expect that it would be one bloody, agonizing, four-year-long war that would need the help of every single man in the country. And so, they thought they needed a way to lower the number of men enlisting in the war. Who would’ve thought that the European skirmishes would escalate like they did, right?

Height Restrictions Solution

The sneaky solution they came up with to control the number of men at recruiting stations was to change the minimum height limits. From the height limit of 5’3″, it was changed to 5’6″ in September 1914. Apart from that, they also thought that shorter men were physically weak, so they wanted to weed them out.