Announced on 11th October
A Parliamentary Enquiry into the lived experiences of serving women of all service and of veterans - announced today.
The Secretary of State for Defence has been asked to give permission for serving personnel to take part - MoD are 'considering it'.
Highlighting military injustice
The Book was the Call to Arms for change......
*Sharing - with appropriate consents from individuals.
to the official website
to media channels, the book has highlighted the need for a #MilitaryMeToo moment for the UK.
Many women and some men stepped forward and shared their stories with me- that anonymised research is now feeding into the next steps.
Sarah Atherton MP and the Defence Select Committee have heard that call and announced an enquiry.
My military journey, told in Forewarned, my first book (a story of joy, loss, grieving, fighting, winning and losing within the military) is about military injustice and pockets of toxic bigotry, still happening today. And it has touched a nerve. I am just one of many voices asking to be heard.
Since I went live in the media, I have heard hundreds of stories - mostly women, but men too - of injustice and inappropriate behaviours in the military. Our Service Chiefs did respond - to say that they accepted the need for change and called it a 'NO MISSION FAIL' requirement to modernise.
So far, there has only been words by MoD. No real action. Just promises and further reviews. I have now reached out as a voice of many of those who approached me - and with their permissions, will be submitting a report of the findings, to parliament. On 11th October - an enquiry was announced.
Cock Ups ? Conspiracies ? Inappropriate Behaviours?
The #MilitaryMeToo is about all who serve in the MoD. It is about the bigotry some face daily - and the unwillingness of too many of our service leadership to face up to the toxic pockets of bad behaviours. Many good people are trying to support a fair approach- but are constrained. I am now supporting this enquiry and sharing my anonymised research.
Supporting all the good people serving.
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About the Author
Educated at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham and then the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Diane Allen OBE is a former officer in the British Army, serving in communications and intelligence.
Given the choice to stand up against poor behaviour or toe the military line, she stood up. Subsequently frozen out of future promotions, she resigned in Janaury 2020.
She continues to work in wider defence, now as a contractor.
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If you would like to take part and submit your experiences serving in the military - women, men, any service (RAF, RN, Army and Civil Service), you can do so by contacting me confidentially via the contacts page. Or by subscribing below, to receive news about latest updates.
Thank-you to everyone who has shared their stories so far. I believe I have now contacted everyone from the initial research, but if you haven't heard back, please contact me below.
I will be taking new stories again as part of the Defence Select Committee enquiry process, starting on 11th October. If you have already submitted your story - I will be in touch to confirm any content that the MPs wish to use, so you can agree consent.
NO INFORMATION WILL BE INCLUDED IN OUR RESEARCH WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT.
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