Three Misconceptions About The Military
Your Business Blogger, second from left, c. 1978
Every Veteran would be honored to share their service experiences. And what the service is, and more important, what it is not. There are many misconceptions about the military. Here are my favorite three:
Persuasion. Discipline. Field Expedient Methodology
John Yoest, Sr., c. 1944Persuasion. This is the military’s most misunderstood structure. Orders are certainly issued and followed.
But what is not seen by civilians is something more subtle: The ability to influence a point of view and enlist a following. Only through persuasion and trust. Not blind obedience.
Discipline. The Army definition has two parts. The first is well known: “The prompt obedience to orders.”
The second part is little known outside the military: “Initiation of appropriate action in the absence of orders.” Initiative, sense of urgency, resourcefulness. The military uses both parts of ‘discipline’ to accomplish The Mission.
Uncle Joe Carr, c. 1945Field Expedient Methodology. These were my favorite type of exercises in the Army. Developing work-arounds to repair a piece of equipment, or in the broadest sense, to mold organizations — or to modify a plan while moving.
The civilian world believes that every military commander gets every thing he wants, where he wants it, when he wants it. (Because he barked out an order.)
The boss must still accomplish the mission even when resources are thin. Every soldier has a story on how he ‘beat the system’ to get a job done without getting fired.
Men will march into hell for a heavenly cause, but only because they move with those they trust, with discipline and flexibility.
Happy Veterans Day.
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