The Royal Navy has paid for two sailors, one of whom is a man, to have cosmetic surgery on their breasts.
It appears that the man had his breasts reduced, while the woman had hers enlarged.
The Navy said the operations were for “clinical reasons”.
A colleague of the sailors, who are both based in Plymouth, said: “It is madness. We do not always have enough kit yet these people are getting cosmetic operations.”
According to reports the man had lost a lot of weight and needed the operation to remove excess skin.
In 2003, the Navy spent £38,000 on cosmetic surgery for staff.
This included four nose operations at £3,000 each and six breast enhancement or reduction procedures at £2,500 a time.