People are the Army
What makes the British Army? It’s not the weaponry or the vehicles – it’s the people. Our vision is a competitive, adaptable and inclusive Army imbued with a warrior spirit and an unwavering will to win; where people feel they belong; where their talent is nurtured, where health is positively promoted, and opportunity maximised.
Thank you to everyone who completed 2021’s MOD People Survey. It has given the chain of command a wealth of evidence to help us improve the working conditions of the Army’s civil servants. There are many positives in this year’s results. Yet we cannot be complacent and must use the data as we continue to build an organisation that is great to be in for everyone, always remembering that no institution is beyond reform and improvement of its culture, behaviour and leadership.
Our soldiers and civil servants are our greatest responsibility and we must continue to attract and nurture the brightest and best to ensure success in an increasingly challenging and volatile world. In November we released Future Soldier, a bold blueprint for the Army’s most significant transformation in a generation. Central to this plan is a Whole Force approach that binds together our Regulars, Reserves and Civil Servants, and allows the Army to remain productive, capable and competitive. It is an exciting prospect, but also not without challenges, and the Army’s Civil Service is essential in making it a reality.
The People Survey gives us a clear indication of our performance. It is now up to all of us to take heed of the results and to continue to lead the change required.
General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith KCB CBE ADC Gen