Our core values – respect, responsibility and courage – form the basis of all activities and are to be embraced by all of us. However, values cannot be introduced simply through directives. They are closely related to the professional culture, and can only be internalised through constant practice over time. In other words, assimilating these values is not primarily a matter of following orders, but of building up a professional identity and culture where they are an integral part of the team spirit.
A strong professional culture is one where individuals and individual units see themselves as part of a larger context with common objectives. This is the case regardless of the type of service they are engaged in, whether operational activities or support services, whether they are soldiers, officers or civilians. A common identity means that all the various parts of an organisation can identify with the organisation as a whole and with each other, and can rely on and support each other.
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