Army

Op Teamwork: Army tackles bullying, racism and more with training

The Army has taken aim at outdated thinking and practices, ordering those on non-essential and non-operational activity to take part in Operation Teamwork.

Training included courses to improve cultural and inclusivity awareness, tackling issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, bullying and racism.

Private Charlotte Hill, 27 Regiment, RLC told Forces News: "It's given people the opportunity to speak up, not that people have been forced to, but I think it's given them a comfortable environment to be able to express through different topics that have been brought up in the discussions, which has been really nice to see."

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, wants to send out a message that unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.

The Army chief visited 27 Regiment RLC to see the work in action on 8 February - personnel in Aldershot sent into break-out rooms to address the positives and negatives of current culture.

The initiative is designed to give the Army the opportunity to "put an electric shock through its chain of command" and allow the service to reflect on its culture, leadership and behaviour, he said.

He added: "No institution today is beyond reform and improvement, and given the pace of social change, it’s important that an institution like the Army is as up to date as it can be."

Informational videos also featured as part of the training.

Operation Teamwork was also aimed at giving younger soldiers a chance to consider the initiatives they would like to see passed through the service, acting as "agents" of culture change within the Army.