"The first duty of government is the defence of the realm, and our most vital asset in that is our people.... This is why a Conservative government will repair the Military Covenant as a matter of urgency."
Conservative Armed Forces Manifesto, 22 April 2010
Cameron went further in June and promised to codify the covenant.
Yesterday, he deployed his footsoldiers through the lobbies to block exactly that. It appears that an annual report to Parliament will suffice.
Mind you, he promised the equipment that the forces need to operate in Afghanistan and so far, the 24 Chinooks that Labour were ordering - 22 new aircraft and 2 replacements - have been halved and even that order has yet to be finally approved.
And our people are so important that we'll sack them by email when they are on active service.