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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Selfless Commitment

This is what the British Army has to say about it:

"On joining the Army soldiers accept an open-ended commitment to serve whenever and wherever they are needed, whatever the difficulties or dangers may be. This commitment is reflected in the wording of the Loyal Oath which is taken on attestation, and in which soldiers agree to subordinate their own interests to those of the unit, Army and Nation, as represented by the Crown. This could involve participation in a wide range of operations, from warfighting through peace support operations to assistance to the civil authority. Such commitment imposes certain limitations on individual freedom, and requires a degree of self-sacrifice. This may involve, for example, long periods of separation from family and friends, the disruption caused by a move at short notice, and the carrying out of regimental guards and duties. Ultimately it may require soldiers to lay down their lives. For those in positions of authority, it also requires them to discharge in full their responsibilities and their duty of care to subordinates, whether in peacetime or on operations.

This two-way obligation forms a covenant between the Army and its soldiers. Both share a common bond of identity, loyalty and responsibility for each other which is unwritten but unbreakable, and which has sustained the Army throughout its history. Soldiers volunteering for the British Army accept that, by putting the needs of the Service before their own, they will forgo some of the rights enjoyed by those outside the Armed Forces. But in return they can at all times expect fair treatment, to be valued and respected as an individual, and to be rewarded by reasonable terms and conditions of service. By extension, this covenant also exists between the Army and the Nation it serves."

Values & Standards - A Commander's Guide.

6 Comments:

Blogger Fluff said...

Sort of reminds me of monkdom.
That selflessness thing.

1:46 pm  
Blogger PI said...

This is very similar to the standards expected of a trained nurse in the fifties, with the obvious exception that we were not expected to lay down our lives.
They seem impossible goals to live up to but my total respect goes to the men and women who attempt to do so. If only a little of these aspirations could spill over into every day life.

3:44 pm  
Blogger Lennie Briscoe said...

"in return they can at all times expect fair treatment, to be valued and respected as an individual, and to be rewarded"

Really? I only got beasted ;)

That's exactly why the British army is argueably the best in the world. A professional force of strong minded patriotic individuals. I think it's in our character and hence our dominence throught the ages.

God Save the Queen!

3:55 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Not bein' patronisin' or corny or anythin' like that. For once in me life genuine.

I couldn't do it.

Thank you.

9:03 pm  
Blogger fjl said...

Sounds about right to me! x

12:18 am  
Anonymous Grimmy said...

One of the concepts most fail to grasp when viewing any military from the outside is the "two way street" aspect of the Loyalty, Honor, Integrity and Disciplen that are the blocks that such things as "Selfless Commitment" are built upon.

There's a saying over here on this side of the pond (Might be the said over where y'all are at too, dont know )
"Crap rolls down hill but stink rises".

That translates roughly into "break faith with us troops and we're gone."

This isnt about blind obedience or unquestioning worship by the Soldiers given to those appointed over them. NCOs and Officers have to work hard to earn the trust and respect of their men and work harder to keep it.
And once a leader at any level is pegged as a faith breaker, he'll never recover. There's no second chances in such issues.

At least, that was my perception during my time in uniform.

11:21 pm  

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