News story: WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE has been appointed as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee (SEAC)

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The Senior Enlisted Advisor post is a welcome addition to the senior Defence team and will bring the perspective of the Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Junior Ranks in to strategic level decision and policy making. This core group is at the heart of our military capability as they conduct operations, working with other militaries, training, sustaining and enabling the Armed Forces.

The Senior Enlisted Advisor will work collaboratively with the senior Warrant Officer and Sergeant Major positions in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force to improve the understanding of issues, with a primary focus on monitoring the value of the cumulative ‘Offer’, professional development opportunities, pay, advancement opportunities, quality of life, mental health, veterans, families, culture and standards, and the general institutional health of the Armed Forces.

The role will be an asset in High Level International Engagement, building relationships across the international Senior Enlisted Advisor network. The appointment is for three years and the role reports directly to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, and will operate in support of Ministers and the Chief of Defence Personnel as appropriate.

The MOD selection panel interviewed a strong field of candidates nominated by their respective Service for this tri-Service position, before selecting Sergeant Major Haughton for the role. Having joined the British Army in 1988, Sergeant Major Haughton has served in the Armed Forces for over 30 years. He assumes the role following three and a half years as the inaugural Army Sergeant Major.

The early period of his career was spent in the Armoured and Light Infantry roles, including a spell of Public Duties in London, and has deep operational experience from multiple tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has significant experience of the training environment, instructing at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Colour Sergeant Instructor, Company Sergeant Major and as the Academy Sergeant Major.

He holds a First Class Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northampton University and is a well-regarded speaker on leadership and soldiering. He was a proud recipient of an OBE on the 2018 New Years Honours List. He is passionate about the importance of fitness and well-being in the military, supports Rugby Union and has an insatiable thirst for adding to his educational qualifications.

Mr Gavin Williamson, The Secretary of State for Defence said:


I welcome the Chiefs of Staff initiative to create this role as it will represent the vital views of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen in our decision-making. I will especially value harnessing their perspectives to inform the people strategy. I look forward to working with Sergeant Major Haughton who I know will ensure we keep our brave and committed people at the heart of everything we do.

General Sir Nick Carter, The Chief of the Defence Staff said:


I’m delighted to welcome Sergeant Major Haughton to the role of Senior Enlisted Advisor to the COS Committee. I view the role as a key two-way communicator with our Servicemen and women across all three Services. The representation of their views will help to shape future policy in areas that will impact upon them and will help keep us informed as to the institutional health of our military.

Sergeant Major Haughton assumed the appointment on 1 November 2018 as he accompanied the Secretary of State and Chief of the Defence Staff on a visit to Exercise SAIF SAREEA 3.

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#2
He'll be an LE half Colonel before he gets out of his Sergeant Major rig at this rate.
 
#4
Congrats. Although will he become part of the machine?
However, it is good to see he has got himself an education - as many senior US enlisted ranks do.
 

Guns

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#6
Nice to see a Army CDS and now an Army SEA. Nothing brightens the souls of Matelots knowing some Army guys are in charge. Sleeves down for all I say.
 
#7
He'll be an LE half Colonel before he gets out of his Sergeant Major rig at this rate.
As ever, jokes have the kernel of truth.

What, precisely does this Major know about the lived reality of the guys and gals on the front line that a junior Lt RN, Capt (RM or Army) or Flt Lt RAF couldn’t tell CDS?
 

Brotherton Lad

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#8
As ever, jokes have the kernel of truth.

What, precisely does this Major know about the lived reality of the guys and gals on the front line that a junior Lt RN, Capt (RM or Army) or Flt Lt RAF couldn’t tell CDS?
Perhaps just half a kernel?
 
#14
So what is his next step after this one

Will they create Principle Enlisted advisor to the Prime Minister - a chair COBRA Committees

Archie
I believe his brief will be to increase positive outcomes across all the corridors of power as the Principle Enlisted Nco for Increased Success.
 
#15
The Senior Enlisted Advisor post is a welcome addition to the senior Defence team and will bring the perspective of the Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Junior Ranks in to strategic level decision and policy making.
although i have no doubt Glenn is a good bloke, he's certainly been couched for by blokes I trust, is he really able to bring the perspective of the JNCOs and JRs to the table?

when was the last time he actually spoke to one who wasn't a sacrificial lamb?
 
#16
Congrats. Although will he become part of the machine?
However, it is good to see he has got himself an education - as many senior US enlisted ranks do.
It all started by learning how to count the amount of crayons he could eat.

I look forward to footage of him chest-poking the CDS at the Whitehall Xmas function.

Good luck to him!
 
#19
The fact that he's not actually enlisted but commissioned (a technicality, I know) makes a mockery of the appointment. Will he still wear tailored shirt sleeves?
 
#20
I always understood that 'enlisted' was a strictly US term. I certainly never heard it when I was in the ranks.
International cooperation, and all that. Your lot is starting to look a lot like US, what with adopting the office of Sergeant Major of the Army, and now Senior Enlisted Advisor CoS, plus 16AA joining our 82nd Airborne Division's ORBAT a while back. One could almost say your looking a smidge like a Colony to the former Colonies..

I look forward with great anticipation to welcoming the 4 new states of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland sometime after you finally wind up that BREXIT thing.
 

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