Thursday, June 13, 2024
A quote about... representation

I was also concerned that service personnel were beginning to think it was necessary to form an independent organisation - the British Armed Forces Federation - to lobby for improved living accommodation, better medical care and enhanced compensation claim limits.

In my book, looking after individuals should naturally be a principal duty of the chain of command, and I was determined to make the group's existence superfluous. If I, and my senior colleagues, did our jobs properly there would be no need for a federation or union. I was determined that such a movement was not going to gather momentum on my watch.

'Leading from the front', the autobiography (2010) of General Sir Richard Dannatt (now Lord Dannatt) - CGS 2006-9