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Title: The Military Covenant : its impact on civil-military relations in Britain since 2000
Author: Ingham, Sarah-Jane
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis examines the genesis of the Military Covenant as part of the British Army’s development of its Moral Component in the late 1990s, the migration of the concept from military doctrine from 2006 and its subsequent entrenchment in the civilian sphere, where it has become integral to analysis of the civil-military relationship. Codifying a moral bond of reciprocity between soldiers, the Army and the nation, the Military Covenant was summarised in a paragraph in Soldiering – The Military Covenant. Launched in 2000, this was a companion volume to another Army Doctrine publication, Values and Standards of the British Army. Written for the Army’s senior cadre, and somewhat institutionally neglected, in 2005 Soldiering was subsumed into the Army’s new capstone doctrine Land Operations. The Covenant began its migration from the military sphere in late 2006, when the newly-appointed Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, invoked it in a controversial newspaper interview to convey the pressures confronting soldiers involved in concurrent combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, for which the Army was inadequately resourced, manned and equipped. Codifying the nation’s moral and material support in exchange for soldiers’ service and offer of sacrifice, the Military Covenant was subsequently described as fractured by many in the civilian sector, including the media. Following migration, the Covenant came to represent the bilateral relationship between the government and the Armed Forces’ community, while helping to rally public unprecedented support for the Forces - if not for the missions in which they were involved. Consequently, policy-makers were compelled to address long-standing ‘people’ issues affecting the Forces’ community. Today, the Military Covenant conveys the health of the civil-military relationship in Britain, not least because the judiciary has invoked it to assess the value the nation places on military service.
Supervisor: Holden Reid, Brian Thomas ; Dandeker, Christopher Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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