As the Military Covenant has been mentioned in the news in the last 24 hrs, I thought perhaps it pertinent to post it here for the benefit of all and sundry; serving, retired, walts, journos, etc. It is a paragraph from ADP Land Ops.
The whole chapter makes interesting reading but given the current coverage the paragraph on loyalty is also pertinent.The Military Covenant
0715. Soldiers are bound by service. The nature of service is inherently unequal: soldiers may have to put in more than they receive. Ultimately, they may be called upon to make personal sacrifices - including death - in the service of the Nation. In putting the needs of the Nation, the Army and others before their own, they forgo some of the rights enjoyed by those outside the Armed Forces. So, at the very least, British soldiers should always be able to expect the Nation, and their commanders, to treat them fairly, to value and respect them as individuals, and to sustain and reward them and their families with appropriate terms and conditions of service. This mutual obligation forms the Military Covenant between the Nation, the Army and each individual soldier. To a greater or lesser extent such a common bond of identity, loyalty and responsibility has sustained the Army and its soldiers throughout its history. It is a covenant, not a contract, and it is binding, in every circumstance. Unless Nation, Army and soldier alike recognize and understand that it must be upheld come what may, then it fails. If it fails then first goodwill and then, ultimately, trust, is withdrawn. It has perhaps its greatest manifestation in the annual commemoration of Remembrance Day, when the Nation keeps covenant with those who have given their lives in its service.
Enjoy0731. Loyalty. Loyalty binds all ranks of the Army. It ties the leader and the led with mutual respect and trust. It goes both up and down. It transforms individuals into teams. It creates and nourishes the formations, units and sub-units of which the Army is composed. The Nation, the Army and the chain of command rely on the continuing allegiance, commitment and support of all who serve: that is, on their loyalty. Conversely, soldiers of all ranks, and their families, should be confident that the Army and the Nation will treat them with loyalty as well as justice. The Armyâs loyalty to the individual - its obligation in the Military Covenant â manifests itself in justice, fair rewards, and life-long support to all who have soldiered. Those who are placed in positions of authority should be loyal to their subordinates. They should represent their interests faithfully, deal with complaints thoroughly, and develop their abilities through progressive training. For their part, subordinates should be faithful to their leaders, their team, and their duty. Such loyalty is expected, but it must also be earned through commitment, self-sacrifice, courage, professionalism, decency and integrity. Loyalty to the Army requires all ranks to foster and adhere to these qualities off duty as well as on duty. Personnel who behave badly when off duty not only let themselves down by their lack of self-discipline, but are being disloyal. They damage respect for the Army, their unit, and for other soldiers who may well suffer as a result.