When the Service Complaints Ombudsman (SCO) says 90% of those who should complain, don’t, and 70% of those whose complaints get to her office should have been resolved before hand. 100% of those in the complaints system suffer mentally. The SCO describes a broken system.
We do not have the ability to deal with individual grievances, but we listen to generate a collective understanding. There is more power in a story with substance and mass; so many experiences are shared. We provide a collective voice.
We are not endorsed by the MoD, we strive to do most of our work behind closed doors, talking influencing, developing and changing attitudes where necessary. We are a flag up a flag pole, but we have influence.
We are here to help defence as much as the people in Defence and those who have served. We strive to bring focus where there is myopic thinking and clarity where there is clouded thinking.
We aim to serve, to serve those in defence who are unrepresented by any independent body.
We are not part of the MoD nor linked to any Chain of Command. We are experienced, representative, knowledgeable, driven and connected. We provide a safe space for all personnel from defence, both serving and veterans.
As a listening team we understand. We know where things go right, we know where things go wrong, we know what should happen and we know what does happen. We strive to ensure the should and stop the shouldn’t.
Our primary role is to be your voice. We can say the things you can’t, we can contact the people who need to know and should act. We want to make People as the most important asset at the heart of defence
Yes, we have no formal remit from any government organisation nor are we funded by the MoD or any related organisation.
Our focus in Defence people, serving and veterans. We want to enhance frontline capability and veterans support through independent representation.
We are not appointed by any formal body so don’t have authority by position.
We have authority of knowledge through over 100 years of collective knowledge in defence with command experience. We have authority of personality in that we have individuals wiling to stand up for what we believe is right.
However, our underpinning authority is the same moral authority Nelson Mandela invoked having shared the dangers and hardships of others, we too have seen at first hand the injustices that exist across defence.
What We Do
What we do is very simple. We listen, we advise, we represent we lobby. We talk to people you can’t, we highlight causes, issues, injustices, concerns. We aim to make defence work for its people thereby its people work better for defence.
A group of like minded individuals from different areas of defence, with different backgrounds but one common story. We have been let down. We recognise that the cry “People are our most important asset,” is just that a cry. We recognise that the chain of command is about one thing when issues arise, that is protecting the chain of command and not the individual.
No other element of our society goes unrepresented. We are that independent representation for defence people.
News & Updates
Women in the Armed Forces from Recruitment to Civilian Life – IDA Comments The Independent Defence Authority is saddened at the detail in the Women in the Armed Forces from Recruitment to Civilian Life report released today 25th July 2021. Saddened because it reflects...
Open Letter to All ...
Independent Defence Authority comments on SCOAF’s 2020 Annual Report The Service Complaints Ombudsman’s 2020 Annual report was laid before Parliament on 27th May 2021. The report is well written and comprehensive and a link to the full report is here:...
Independent Defence Authority (IDA) comments on the Armed Forces Bill (AFB) Sub Committee Report released 22 April 2021
Independent Defence Authority (IDA) comments on the Armed Forces Bill (AFB) Sub Committee Report released 22 April 2021 1. The IDA would like to commend the AFB Committee for undertaking their work in a professional and committed way in such a short space of time and...
After an excellent Integrated Defence and Security Review paper giving clear strategic direction for the UKs defence and security priorities, much was expected from the MoD regarding the Defence in a Competitive Age Command Paper. Let’s be clear about who writes this...
The Problem The Sarah Atherton review into Women in the Armed Forces has completed its initial session of oral evidence - it has stimulated a number of issues, now in the media and public domain, one of the simplest and more shocking was the failure by the MoD to...
Submission from the Centre for Military Justice (CMJ) to the DEFENCE COMMITTEE INQUIRY – WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES – From Recruitment to Civilian Life.
CMJ RECOMMENDATIONS: That Recommendation 1 of the Lyons Review be accepted and implemented (that the court martial jurisdiction should no longer include murder, manslaughter and rape where these offences are committed in the UK, except when the consent of the Attorney...
16th February 2021 MoD announcement that LGBT veterans can apply for forfeited medals – Independent Defence Authority view Baroness Goldie DL, a junior Defence Minister, announced today that “Former service personnel will be invited to apply for...
The Armed Forces Bill 2021 – IDA Comments This is the collective thoughts of the Independent Defence Authority regarding the opening debate on the Armed Forces Bill 2021, discussed in the House of Commons on 8th February 2021. Whilst it is recognised an Armed...
The BBC have produced an excellent short interview that highlights why the Independent Defence Authority is needed - the outgoing Service Complaints Ombudsman says the system is broken! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55424308
The highly respected defence journalist with the Sunday Mirror, Alan Selby, recognised the importance of the Independent Defence Authority with a piece detailing the launch in the 6th December edition of the Newspaper. In it he rightly links the Wigston review, Sarah...
Creation Of The First UK Independent Defence Authority Original post is here: http://euromil.org/creation-of-the-first-uk-independent-defence-authority/ EUROMIL was informed that on 1 December 2020, the first Independent Defence Authority in the United Kingdom (UK)...