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The Commanding Officer’s Leadership Award - 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

The Army Leadership Code was launched by the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, in September 2015.  It was subsequently championed and driven by the Army Sergeant Major, WO1 Haughton.  It is underpinned by the values of the British Army: courage, discipline, respect for others, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment.  These are what the British Army stands for, and what sets us apart from wider society.  We apply our values to what we do using our standards:  appropriate, lawful and totally professional behaviour.  Strong leaders must live by both elements. 

In order to encourage and promote this code, the Commanding Officer’s Leadership Award was introduced in 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.  The aim was to identify junior leaders within the Battalion who had excelled at applying the Leadership Code.

The winner was selected using a formal grading panel.  LSgt Rutledge was subsequently awarded his prize before the start of the final phase of Exercise WESSEX STORM 17/1.  LSgt Rutledge’s citation made clear his constant devotion to those he commands, his selfless nature and determined professionalism.  The award will now be made every six months.

Karl Taylor
(Formerly RSM, 1 WG, now Academy
Sergeant Major, RMA Sandhurst)


The Drill Sergeant, Adjutant, Commanding Officer, Operations Officer and Second in Command conducting the grading in Wretham Camp during Exercise WESSEX STORM

The prize

The finalists parade

LSgt Rutledge receives his award from the Commanding Officer at West Hill Farm, Salisbury Plain Training Area as the Battle Group prepared to begin the final phase of Exercise WESSEX STORM

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