Colonel Roddy Winser:
Joined an Infantry Regiment in Apr 1978. UK and Germany (Cold War) based as a young officer. ADC to
Commander in Chief UK; Adjutant; Company Commander of a Junior Leader Company; Staff College in
Malaysia; on the staff of the Defence Intelligence Organisation in Canberra, Australia; Company
Commander in Europe (Norway/Spain); Battalion Second-in-Command (Northern Ireland); Deputy Chief of
Staff of a Bde in Northern Ireland; Company Commander (again!) in Cyprus and; Staff Officer in the Army’s
HR Career Management Centre in Glasgow.
Lieutenant Colonel: Staff Officer focused on intelligence within a NATO Rapid Reaction Force and five
years of command at Battalion level.
Colonel. Chief of Staff of the first UN Division in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thereafter Colonel
Employment, setting Army policy for Equality & Diversity and; Assistant Director Personnel in Headquarters
Infantry (recruiting, selection, training, career structures and personnel issues more generally). Mar 11 to
date: Chief of Staff Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Deputy Commandant, responsible for International
Influence, reputation, future plans, running the operation, policy, resources (manpower and money mainly),
front of house, infrastructure, security and dull bits of business no one else wishes to undertake.
Summary of my Talk:
‘I realise that most of you already know a great deal about the Army, but others may be less familiar with
it. I will offer you a brief update or resume of what the Army is doing on behalf of the nation. You will
know that the modern British Army is part of our society; we all volunteer for service and are drawn from
every walk of British life. Yet in certain respects, the Army has to be different from the society we serve,
by virtue of our unique responsibilities. We are committed to, and try to live by, our self imposed values
of selfless commitment, respect for others, loyalty, integrity, discipline and courage. In short, we are in
the Army to serve, and, in extremis that means putting our lives on the line.
Our soldiers have grown up in communities such as yours. Throughout their careers, most will retain
their links to the Channel Islands, and, together with their families, they will appreciate your support, not
only during their serving life but afterwards as well.
The Army offers its people a varied, exciting and rewarding career and as I reach the twilight of my own
career working here at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst I am exceptionally envious of the dawn
faced by those currently going through Officer training. In the process of a career, we give our soldiers
and officers unrivalled opportunities to develop their leadership, management and professional skills. So,
when they eventually leave the Army and return to you, we know our people can apply their experience
both as employees and as good citizens.
Today there are serious threats to the security of the UK and its wider interests. The British Army, along
with the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, and other Government agencies, is tackling these threats.
Current operations are as demanding as any in recent history. The backdrop of economic austerity
compounds the challenges and will affect how we are transformed, structured, equipped and trained to
meet the demands of the next decade and beyond.
I hope to offer you a real feel for what makes the Army tick and to give you an assessment of the
challenges facing us today.’