Barkey, you're so verbose. Yet you're so eloquent that I find I don't mind. But, well, you talk a lot about the atmosphere in your unit, you think it's representative of the US military as a whole?
They are even experimenting with all female combat arms units in the middle east who attach with special forces and speak to women in Afghanistan and Iraq, and have seen combat.
If you also
make all-Christian units you could actually get Sisters of Battle. The Sandy Claws would be frightened
, I can tell you that.
@Everyone in the thread: I sort of see that the military works kinda like the Something Awful fora when it comes to opinion and such: if you aren't in the majority you'll be dogpiled into silence by everyone (that's what I understood) and you have to give-and-take shit all the time, show you're always ready and casual about it and that it doesn't really affect you. But, suppose someone enlisted with a very
civilian attitude to making friends and getting stuff done:
- Doesn't criticize, condemn, or complain.
- Gives honest and sincere appreciation.
- Always tries to portray things in the most positive light.
- Never shows others that he or she is not interested in what they have to say.
- Shows genuine interest in other people.
- Smiles often and widely.
- Calls you by your name often, remembers everyone's names.
- Is a good listener and encourage others to talk about themselves. Also, knows to keep stuff to themselves and to shut up when it's time to. Doesn't judge.
- Talks in terms of the other guys' interests.
- Makes the other guys feel important – and does it sincerely.
- Avoids arguments
- Shows respect for the other guys' opinions. Never outright says "You're Wrong.", cuz he figures he might be wrong him or herself and it's worth it to give others a listen.
- If he's wrong himself, he admits it quickly and emphatically.
When he's your equal and wants to make a deal or get you to do something he:
- Always begins interactions in a friendly way.
- Starts with questions to which the other guy will answer yes.
- Lets the others do a great deal of the talking.
- Lets the other guy feel the idea is his or hers.
- Tries honestly to see things from the other guy's point of view.
- Is sympathetic with the other guy's ideas and desires.
- Appeals to the nobler motives of whoever he's dealing with.
- Hams it up sometimes, to make a point or just for fun.
- Likes to throw down a challenge, and to pick one up.
Also, what if someone in authority behaves like this:
- Begins with praise and honest appreciation.
- Calls attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
- Talks about their own mistakes before criticizing the other guy.
- Asks questions instead of giving direct orders. (I don't see that one going down well unless it's the President talking to Generals or something. I've read some letters Abraham Lincoln wrote to some very incompetent generals, it has to be seen to be believed how incredibly polite and nice the guy was)
- Lets the other guy save face.
- Praises every improvement.
- Gives the other guy a fine reputation to live up to.
- Uses encouragement. Make the faults seem easy to correct.
- Makes the other person happy about doing what they suggest.
So, what would they be doing wrong? What should they change?
On another topic
Security Forces gets little respect because we have fuck all to do with aviation beyond making sure they don't get blown up on the ground, and everybody already hates MP's.
That's a more important role than you could believe
. You know, during the War of Kippur, the Egyptian planes could never leave the ground
. Sabotage, you see. How could that happen? More importantly, how would you go about preventing it?
We're like a big family that fights amongst itself constantly, and reacts violently as a group to outside meddling the way the human body attacks a flu virus.
From what I hear you could almost substract the "like": I hear soldiering and officering tend to be family traditions.
edited 10th May '12 12:43:16 AM by TheHandle