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IN THE WORKPLACE The Secretary of State for Defence,

PHILIP HAMMOND’S vision of The New Employment Model

In his speech, made at the end of last year, the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, included an outline of the New Employment Model, or NEM. Here we use the Minister’s words to convey the vision of what will come to affect everyone within the Armed Forces.


ur Armed Forces exist to protect our country and provide the ultimate guarantee of its security

and independence. This must be the first duty of Government, and everything we do in Defence is directed at supporting that objective.

With resources as tight as they are, the obligation to deliver value for money is paramount. Making sure every pound of taxpayers’ money spent on Defence has a tangible impact on delivering capability to the front-line and on the security of the nation. In other words, enhancing the efficiency of Defence delivery.

Over the last two and a half years, we have set about reforming the way Defence is managed to deliver that improved efficiency by:

• Restructuring the MoD • Re-configuring our Armed Forces • Balancing the budget • Setting the equipment programme on a sustainable course

And because none of this would be possible without the people who make up Defence, I want to say a bit about how we will modernise the offer that we make to the men and women of our Armed Forces, so that their terms and conditions, while they will never look like those associated with civilian employment, better reflect lifestyles in the 21st century.

When I came into the Department, many of the tough decisions on force structure had already been taken. To shrink the size of the MoD; to rationalise our equipment programme; and to reduce the size of the Navy, Army and the Air Force, while

increasing investment in the Reserves. They just needed implementing!

One of my big learning curves has been understanding the unique nature of what the military call the ‘moral component’ of Defence. What it is that provides the ‘will to fight’, and the determination to win. What it is that allows us to recruit some of the best people the country can provide to preserve the unique attributes of our Armed Forces. What gives us our edge over other countries, many of whom have larger Armed Forces and similar equipment to us, but very, very few of which can come close to matching our military capabilities. It is our people that give Britain’s Armed Forces their special quality.

But I know that some of you feel, perhaps many of you feel that you have taken a bit of a pounding over the last couple of years. So we need to modernise the offer we make to our people. And in doing so, we need to achieve three things:

First, we need to secure for Defence the people it needs – both in terms of quality and quantity.

32 Envoy Spring 2013

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