Ethos, Core Values & Standards Respect?

I wrote last month about the Royal Air Force’s Ethos, Core Values and Standards and explained that the subject is looked at in four areas: Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence (RISE). I promised that I would look this month at Respect. Our source of information on this subject is a short booklet called Air Publication 1, which is simple to read and easy to apply to many areas of our Service life.

Service in the Royal Air Force, as in any military service, is more than just loyalty to the Crown, those above us, below us and our comrades. It also involves the respect for others and a sense of pride. It flows from the duty to put others first and it means there is no place for prejudice or unlawful discrimination. It is easy to see how this can be applied in our workplaces and when we are deployed on operations but we can also look to this as we live in the RAF Marham community. The Community Continuous Improvement Event showed very clearly that we take great pride in our community and the label of Respect can apply in many areas of our lives. You can look at Respect in a couple of ways.

First, Self-Respect. Self-respect means to have a proper sense of your own dignity and integrity. To have self-respect is to value yourself and underpins our attitudes to inappropriate behaviour. Self-respect promotes high personal standards of social behaviour, always vital in a close community such as ours. We all have an important part to play in being members of the community and we have a great deal to be proud of in what we are achieving.

As importantly, we look at Mutual Respect. Respect for others permeates up and down the Royal Air Force chain of command, when we are at work, as well as within our families and community. Air Publication 1 explains very clearly Servicemen and women’s responsibilities when we are deployed but it also discusses elements that apply equally to all of us when living alongside others in any environment. It talks of compassion, justice and respect for others. As we take the Station and community forward, I would encourage you to consider Respect and how it can apply in the workplace and when living in a busy community.

For me, Self-Respect and Mutual Respect are part of the foundation of how I try to command Royal Air Force Marham.  As with all four of the Core Values, it is not always easy to put them into practice, but I commit to treat you all with Mutual Respect and I ask the same of each of you.  This can only strengthen the RAF Marham family.

Next month I will look at Integrity.

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