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The Confidential Counsellor

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Confidential counsellors are first and foremost the point of contact for victims of unwelcome behaviour. The Defence organisation is actively concerned with preventing such behaviour and, where it does occur, supporting the victims. This chapter outlines the norms that apply within the Defence organisation and the types of behaviour that will or will not be tolerated. It will become clear that in the attempt to ensure appropriate conduct, dilemmas may arise when having to make a virtually impossible choice between two correct, but conflicting options. The chapter examines such dilemmas. The characteristics of the Defence organisation, such as its mission, structure and working methods, make it vulnerable to violations of integrity. In order to provide guidelines for military personnel in their day-to-day work, and in particular to offer assistance in dealing with difficult situations, a code of conduct has been developed that facilitates the correct functioning of the armed forces.

Keywords: armed forces; code of conduct; confidential counsellors; defence organisation; military personnel



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