Anti-Bullyng and Harassment

Anti-Bullyng and Harassment

At the core of the Army is the bond formed between soldiers. At times on exercise and at war we need to know that we can count on the people around us. That is why respect for others is so important to our organisation.

Bullying and harassment undermines cohesiveness and is simply not tolerated. The Army operates a zero tolerance attitude to all forms of harassment and bullying. If you are affected by either you should not suffer in silence.

What is harassment?
Harassment occurs when one person subjects another to unwanted conduct that violates that person’s dignity. Creation of a hostile, intimidating, degrading or humiliating environment all constitutes harassment.

Harassment may be motivated by a person’s colour, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, appearance or age.

Examples of harassment include verbal or physical threats or abuse; innuendo and mockery; the use of offensive language; making or sending unwanted calls, emails, text messages, or other forms of communication; making gestures, leering, or touching in an unnecessary way; intrusive questioning of a person; unwanted attention; and bullying.

What is bullying?
Bullying is any behavior which creates a threatening or hostile environment for the sufferer. It ruins self esteem and destroys group cohesion.

Examples of bullying include:

  • Physical abuse, including initiation ceremonies
  • Verbal abuse such as name calling, swearing, or spreading rumours
  • Encouraging, acting on or verbalizing negative stereotypes
  • Setting someone up to fail by giving them unreasonable work objectives
  • Isolating a person from a group or forcing them into a group activity
  • Publicly undermining someone’s authority
  • Turning down applications for training, promotion or leave without reason
  • Labelling someone a trouble maker because they have made a complaint

What to do:
Informal approach:
If you feel able to do so confront the person involved. Feel free to write to or email them. You need to let them know how their actions are affecting you and then ask them to stop. Get a friend to help you.

When informal isn’t possible:
Get advice. Who can give you help? In your unit you can approach your boss, the unit EDA, the padre or the welfare officer.