Today’s defence related news includes coverage of a report into inappropriate behaviour in the armed forces.
Coverage is carried in the Independent, Times, Telegraph, Express and the Mail, as well as appearing on Sky News and the Today Programme bulletins. The reporting notes that the review was commissioned after allegations of sexual assault emerged in April, following which the head of the Army Sir Mark Carleton-Smith issued a warning to personnel that inappropriate behaviour was at odds with the standards expected in the military. Coverage also notes that the new measures that will be introduced to address these issues, such as the creation of a behaviour and culture tsar and new training and reporting measures.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:
Whether it is crude comments, discriminatory treatment, or even offences of a sexual nature, inappropriate behaviour has no place in society, let alone in our armed forces. This report sends a clear message and I am committed to ensuring its recommendations are delivered in full. In addition to the report, I want to ensure non-commissioned officers are able to address poor behaviour when they see it. They are the moral compass of the Armed Forces.