Life at MI6
Welcome. If you are visiting this page then the balance of probability would suggest you are more than likely a person already working within the intelligence arena. Let's not forget the intelligence community is inherently a lonely one when judged alongside other professions. At the same time it can be extremely beneficial and tribal. That is after all in essence what it is, if one is to assess things from a sociological perspective. As the developer of this site, one thing I know with more certainty now that ever before, is that I know nothing. That is not meant as a negative by the way. Life is at its very essence about vulnerability and learning ones place within the 'scheme' of things. Unless we are willing to acknowledge our vulnerabilities and what we do not know, how can we ever develop at all. Not rocket science granted, but in most walks of life this is almost a 'given' and people are fortunate enough to be able to choose paths that allow them to develop. SIS and the intelligence services are different and your development within the highest echelons of the 'service' is often counter-intuitive. Meaning that the 'intelligent' as opposed to 'intelligence' will naturally have the building blocks in place to understand that vulnerability is not the same as weakness. Lack of specific knowledge is not ignorance etc etc. At the same time, their job does not afford them such freedom and luxury for obvious reasons. This is why being an employee within the intelligence service is not easy and as with most objectives worth achieving, comes at a price.
MI6 may deny it is essentially a military based establishment. Based on history, it is. Based on the name , it is. Also, based on the secrecy and the tribal commorardary it propagates, it is. The difference of course is that if you are an officer in the armed forces, you can still tell your family and friends. Workers within GCHQ, MI6 and MI5 do not have that level of freedom.
Also, vulnerability and a general acceptance that mistakes are necessary for us to experience in order to learn, are not options that can be tolerated within active roles in the intelligence services. Research and Development areas maybe, yes. But, in an operational environment accepting mistakes is too costly and whilst, learning from the unsuccessful missions is no doubt important, it is not accepted as the norm. It can't. The consequences are too costly.