The British Army's Right To Be Different

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Bernard Blakeney

Dear Ministry of Defence,

In 1995, the British Army completed a paper, the title
of which was words to the effect of "The British Army's Right To Be
Different" [from British society]. This was prepared either for the
Army Board (AB), or the Executive Committee of the Army Board
(ECAB). This was one of three papers on ‘ethos’.

1) Please release the final version of the AB/ECAB ‘ethos’ paper entitled 'The British Army's Right To Be Different'

2) Please release this document in full:-

Peter Kinross SO1 Disc Pol 94393 7552 SO1 Disc Pol


1. Issue. Over the Christmas break there have been a number of
matters arising which either have or have the potential to
public interest.

2. BLUF. There have been a number of issues in which the military
discipline (including Complaints and Admin Action) system has been
criticised in the press. None of these issues require immediate
action by DG Pers but he will wish to be aware of the Army
should the matters come up in other discussions.

3. Recommendations. DG Pers is requested to note the progress of
the public interest cases.

5. Background. Throughout December and January there has been a
sustained attack on the Service Justice System, the Administrative
Action process under AGAI 67 and the Service Complaints system in
the press and Television. Many of these cases revolve around
specific disgruntled Service Personnel:

Yours faithfully,

Bernard Blakeney

Bernard Blakeney

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'The British Army's Right To Be Different'.

I have received no response to my request.

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Yours faithfully,

Bernard Blakeney

Army Sec-MSE2b-SO2 (Rolland, Jeffery Mr),

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