The values and standards that are set out hereunder are those that experience has shown are instrumental in allowing us to fulfill our operational roles. The key is to build and maintain that trust which is so essential to the establishment of absolute confidence between members of a team, at whatever level. These values and standards will enable The Regiment to continue to serve The Country in the future, as we have done in the past.
"The Bermuda Regiment exists to serve our Country and its interests."
As a soldier in The Bermuda Regiment much is expected of you. You will be required to participate in demanding training, exercises and operations. You will be required to obey orders and to live and work under challenging conditions. Your comrades, your commanders and ultimately our Country will depend on your courage, loyalty and commitment. They will rely on you to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and self-discipline at all times. In short they must trust you, and you need to trust them.
This two-way obligation forms a covenant between The Regiment and its soldiers. Both share a common bond of identity, loyalty and responsibility for each other which is unwritten but unbreakable, and which has sustained us throughout our history.
The challenges you will face are physically and mentally demanding, extremely unpredictable, and potentially dangerous. In the end they depend on teamwork for success, which comes from demanding training, strong leadership, comradeship and trust. Such trust can only exist on the basis of shared values, the maintenance of high standards, and the personal commitment of every soldier to the task, the team, The Regiment and the Country.
The values and standards of The Regiment are laid out below, and you have a duty to uphold them whenever and wherever you are serving, on duty and off. Our ability to perform to the highest standards will depend on your doing so.
Personal commitment is the foundation of military service. You must be prepared to serve whenever and wherever you are required, and to do your best at all times. This means you must put the needs of the mission, and of your team, ahead of your own interests.
Courage creates the strength on which fighting spirit depends. You must have the physical courage to carry on with your task regardless of potential danger and discomfort, and the moral courage always to do what you know is right.
The Regiment must be a disciplined force if it is to be effective. You must therefore obey all lawful orders you given to you. The best form of discipline, which The Regiment expects from you, is self-discipline. Only self-discipline will earn you the respect and trust of your comrades, and equip you to cope with the difficult, individual decisions you will have to make during your service. Good discipline means that soldiers obey their orders under the worst conditions and do so with imagination and resourcefulness.
Soldiers must have complete trust in the integrity of each of their comrades. Integrity involves utmost honesty, reliability and unselfishness. It is an essential requirement of both leadership and comradeship. Unless you maintain your integrity, others will not trust you and teamwork will suffer. Integrity sometimes requires you to show moral courage, because your decisions may not always be popular. But, it will always earn you respect.
The Country and The Regiment rely on your commitment and support. You must therefore, be loyal to your commanders, your comrades and your duty. If you are not, you will weaken the unit and its ability to perform its roles.
Respect for Others
You will sometimes have to live and work under extremely difficult conditions. In such circumstances, it is particularly important that you show the greatest respect, tolerance and compassion for others because comradeship and leadership depend on it. Respect for others is based on self-respect and operational need, and depends on selfless commitment and integrity.