Saturday, July 9, 2011

Military Concerns

For the past 2 or 3 years, I have been working with military families and active service members.

Some join the military for a job.
Most join for a career.
Military members face all the problems that non-military face, and then some. Being in the military means you move every 2 or 3 years. You can be deployed at any time, in the army this means that you will relocate to a war zone for 15 or 18 months. You can be deployed numerous times.

The stress for military members and their families is very high. This is worsened by the fact that many service members and military spouses are still teenagers, or in their early 20s.

How do you reduce stress while in the military?
Right now the Department of Defense is offering Mindfulness training. I think this will be very helpful. I also find hypnosis can be very effective.

1 comment:

Philolog said...

I just heard a presentation, where the speaker said he got his job by networking through a corporate Toastmasters Club. He was a great speaker and told us all of the skills we could develop at Toastmasters, that could be applied to networking and especially to the interview situation. It is a great way to develop confidence and leadership skills, not just communication skills , which are invaluable in just about any job you can imagine.