British Army – Diversity and Inclusion

We have worked across the MOD since 2003, and with the Army since 2009.  We strive to transform how military and civilian staff perform in the Army by creating positive, inclusive workplaces.  The programmes use a variety of interventions, designed in the context of the various disciplines and functions of the target audience.   We also bring in best practice and the latest thinking from other sectors.

Our commitment

On operations, in barracks and across the contemporary operating environment we adapt our programmes and performances pushing the boundaries – to meet the needs of the Army’s changing workplace demands.  session interaction image

Through our involvement with the Army we have been on the journey through Army Reform, the creation of Field Army and Home Command and the work on A2020.   We ensure that all the training covers every bit of the military ethos, includes the formal directed values as well as the reality of the informal cultures.

We painstakingly conduct extensive research into the Army’s workplace experiences. Our step by step, face to face approach means that we are confident that we have and will continue to change the Army’s workplace for the better, improving performance, improving morale as well as saving time, money and unnecessary process.

 

RESPECT FOR OTHERS programme

A programme designed to get the best from all personnel in order to optimise operational effectiveness and create an inclusive culture in the British Army.   It acts as a catalyst to change attitudes, behaviours and organisational culture.  The overarching aim is to deliver an interactive, scenario based programme to empower individuals to lead  by example and work towards implementing an environment where diversity is valued, all feel included and one where inappropriate behaviour and attitudes are challenges when they become apparent.

Two discreet programmes have been developed for:   Values and Standards British Army

  • Field Army, Home Command units and any other Regular or Reserve unit.
  • Army personnel and civilians working in a HQ staff environment.

Both programmes blend the narrative from the scripted drama interventions, with professional facilitation rooted in a thorough knowledge and understanding the Army’s ethos and ambition ‘to grip the culture’ and drive cultural and attitudinal change, across all ranks and grades.

Respect for Others training is highly interactive using actors and facilitators to present scenario-based situations to an audience that will make them think about Diversity and Inclusion, Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination and other interpersonal issues in a new way.

 

PHASE ONE training

Initial training (also known as Phase 1 or basic training) is where new recruits learn to become soldiers.   They are taught about what it means to be a soldier and how the Army works as well as learning survival and fieldcraft skills, first aid, and how to use a rifle.

Ensuring the Army’s newest and youngest recruits understand and respect the values and standards set by the Army is an important part of this training.   For many recruits joining the army at 17/18 years old, will be the first time they will have met such a diverse range of individuals.

We run a session introducing diversity and inclusion as a specific subject area and helping recruits to understand what the Army requires of them throughout their careers. It has been devised as a tool to change and develop attitudes, behaviour and culture through early career intervention.

It is also intended to encourage and empower individuals to lead by example and to challenge inappropriate behaviour whenever and wherever it occurs.

 

HEALTHY LIVING Programme

To support the Army in delivering its Healthy Living programme, we have designed a two hour scenario based session, involving professional actors.  The session will highlight the issues around the impact of alcohol on self and others, particularly in relation to operational effectiveness.   The emphasis will be on exploring how alcohol affects physical and mental health, the risks of mis-use, professional behaviour and conduct, and the support available.   The training has been rolled out across 4X Regiment.

Pitched at the right level and engaging throughout, offering a soldier’s eye view of realistic and knotty issues and events around alcohol.  It was felt by all who attended that the actors used words and phrases that real people would, enhancing realism and credibility of the entire event.    This reinforces the message already out there that this is not the fun police on crusade, but informative and thought provoking.”

Capt C Davidson | UWO | The Light Dragoons

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ARMY FEATURED IN NEW ‘OPPORTUNITY NOW’ REPORT

A new report on Inclusive Leadership:culture change for business success produced by Opportunity Now, explores how five pioneering organisations, including the British Army, have helped form a five point framework to develop and embed inclusive leadership.   Case studies highlight how the Army went about embedding diversity and inclusion into their existing leadership framework.  The Garnett Foundation has been responsible for designing and delivering these elements into core leadership programmes,  including for new recruits.  The report also highlighted a training DVD we produced on Challenging Behaviours with the aim of developing behaviours and actions that characterise great inclusive leaders.

You know the training has had a positive impact when the staff are still talking about the training opportunity a week later! The training was outstanding.

Lt Col Gary Connolly

“From a UAA [Unit Alcohol Adviser] perspective I thought the training was fantastic, it was really good to see the soldiers interact with the team! Since your training I have had several soldiers step up and volunteer to became AAPs. Really well delivered and all ranks took away some valuable training.”

Capt. J Gascoigne RA | UWO | 5th Regiment Royal Artillery