Jean-René Bachelet completed a full military career in the French Army through to the highest levels of responsibilities.
He commanded the Sarajevo sector in 1995 in the framework of UNPROFOR. Since 1996, he has conducted in-depth thinking touching on the fundamentals of the military profession in terms of ethics and behavior in order to give the French Army, which at the time was being professionalized, a professional reference framework.
These considerations have resulted in a number of documents, the main ones of which are: “Les fondements et principes de l’exercice du métier des armes dans l’armée de terre” (foundations and principles in exercising the arms profession in the Army) and the “Code du soldat” (soldier’s code), as well as in the book Pour une éthique du métier des armes. Vaincre la violence (For an ethics of the arms profession. Defeating violence), Éditions Vuibert, May 2006.
He ended his career as General in the position of Inspector-General of the Armed Forces, which he held from November 1, 2002 to March 12, 2004.
He left active service on March 12, 2004. He is currently, among others, president of the Association des Glières. Pour la mémoire de la Résistance.