Thank you for your service Ma'am.Precisely. Individuals in touch with the real world get it from the off. Unfortunately, one of the considerable 'side effects' of serving is the insular nature it induces and not only that, almost encourages. I consider it very important to dip a toe in external activities as much as possible; you could argue that the officer career structure leans itself better to this.
This would never be acceptable anywhere else; yes the military environment is unique, but it doesn't excuse alienating behaviour and attitudes that hinder an increase in diversity (and therefore talent) of our workforce.
I am a serving NCO into double figures of service and try to highlight these issues where appropriate. "That's how we've always done it" is not an acceptable excuse anymore and the Army is in no position to stall on modernising it's culture.
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