07/23/2015 12:30 EDT | Updated 07/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Gen. Jonathan Vance says sexual harassment 'stops now'

Canada's top general has issued his first order in an all-staff memo to military brass today initiating "Operation Honour" in an effort to end sexual assault and harassment in the military.

"Whether you are a leader, a subordinate or a peer, any form of harmful sexual behaviour undermines who we are, is a threat to morale, is a threat to operational readiness and is a threat to this institution. It stops now," said Gen. Jonathan Vance, new chief of the defence staff, in a written memo.

"Consider this my first order to all members of the (Canadian Armed Forces)."

Vance, who took over the reins of the military last Friday, quickly made good on his promise to address the problem, which he classified as "a threat to morale."

"Any form of harmful sexual behaviour has been and always will be absolutely contrary to good order and discipline," Vance said in his inaugural address. "It is a threat to operational readiness and a threat to this institution."

Vance, in his memo, has ordered his staff to attend a one-day seminar at the end of August.

"I have summoned all the General and Flag Officers and my commanders at the formation level, along with their [chief warrant officers] CWOs, to a one-day, single issue CDS Commanders' Seminar in August to lay out the way ahead."

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