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Title: Homes for Heroes? Assessing the Impact of the UK’s Military Covenant
Authors: Dover, Robert M.
Gearson, John
First Published: 9-Mar-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Joint Services Command and Staff College
Citation: Defence Studies, 2017
Abstract: The British Military Covenant can be located in and from many sources and from 2011 onwards in primary legislation. This article argues that the provision of military housing amounts to an early test of how the military covenant is understood and used by those involved in defence policy, and those in the armed forces affected by it. It finds that housing was a prominent feature of how service personnel understood how they were valued, but was not explicitly understood as a covenant issue by those personnel or the officials in charge of the Defence Estates. We locate three reasons for this: (1) the covenant has been poorly translated from aspiration into policy practice, (2) the covenant is unevenly understood across its stakeholders which has the effect of generating disappointment through misaligned expectations, (3) those engaged in the reform process surrounding the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) saw the covenant as a means to energise reform. Ultimately housing was seen as a dry and technocratic business area and thus an issue ripe for being refracted through the covenant was ultimately left outside of its remit.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14702436.2017.1294462
ISSN: 1470-2436
eISSN: 1743-9698
Embargo on file until: 9-Sep-2018
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: The file associated with this record is embargoed until 18 months after the date of publication. The final published version may be available through the links above.
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