Research information required-Training a Soldier to be a Civilian

Hi,

I hope you can assist me with a paper I'm doing on how to train a Soldier for war fighting and the contrasting different to training a Soldier to return to the Civilian world?

I'm doing a paper for my Higher English portfolio and I'd like any first hand experience from those who have either found it difficult to re-train, both mentally and physically, and what they feel would have benefited them in the transition from military to civilian life
. I appreciate that to a lot of you this may be a sensitive subject to discuss and I would happily accept advice or information via private message and ensure that anything you share with me will be used in the utmost confidence and I will never disclose names or units and will gladly allow you to see the final draft prior to its submission.
My deadline is mid August.

Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated
 

UORMan

War Hero
Kayla,
I don't think you can really train a soldier for a return to the "civilian world". What is perhaps most importance, is trying to understand the nuances of the "civilian world" and interacting with your "new" work colleagues.

Firstly, it is understanding the greater diversity in civvy street. By its very nature and role, the military does not have a large proportion of "old people" in it, or those with certain disabilities. You are also spending most if not all of your time socializing with people of a similar age range and probably the same outlook on life. You are also aware of the way the hierarchy of the organisation works
Most soldiers probably know everything there is to know about there mates, who they are dating, married to, number of children etc and will more than likely socialise with these people.
In civvy life, most organisations are 9 to 5. Your manager or work colleagues don't care what you do, as long as you are there during working hours and pull your wait.
I am sure others will add more info, but my tea is ready, so I need to dash !
 
how to train a Soldier to return to the Civilian world?
A very interesting concept, actively training a soldier in his future 'civilian' behaviour. I think it's fair to say this doesn't really happen and I'd love to listen in on the DS preparing their first lesson plan.

I suspect the big two differences are the lack of sense of team outside the military and the military minds insistence on a 'right' answer to all questions.
 
A very interesting concept, actively training a soldier in his future 'civilian' behaviour. I think it's fair to say this doesn't really happen and I'd love to listen in on the DS preparing their first lesson plan.

I suspect the big two differences are the lack of sense of team outside the military and the military minds insistence on a 'right' answer to all questions.
On what do you base the comment on the 'right' answer? I was an ATO and trust me when dealing with an IED you better have an open mind!
 
On what do you base the comment on the 'right' answer? I was an ATO and trust me when dealing with an IED you better have an open mind!
I think it's reasonable to say that there is generally a DS solution to an army problem. I'm please to hear that ATOs are encouraged to have an open mind, but I have plenty of personal experience that deviating from the prescribed path was not encouraged in many areas and there are good reasons for this. Discussion in other threads on 'Mission Command' have raised the issue of mental inflexibility so I'm hardly a lone voice. To answer any question of the type posed above one has to generalise and generally I'd say I'm happy with my statement, but every individual, being an individual, will create his own list of differences, which will be right for them.
 
My transition started two years before I left - initiated by myself. I basically trained myself to do two things;

1. Stop swearing so much.
2. Stop using abbreviations.

Both of these really helped me on becoming a civvy, as I could talk like one - or at least, some of them.
 

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