This also has major implications for military operations, both within a military unit and in the interaction between the military unit and another culture. Essentially, the problem of ethnocentrism can be seen at the root of the other cultural problems discussed in this context; it implies both a lack of understanding about the impacts of the unit's culture on the people of a foreign culture, as well as a lack of appreciation and understanding for that culture (Hoskins 2007).
Culture is strange, in that it is both constant and always changing. The only static culture is a dead one; as the various elements and generations of a culture interact, change is bound to happen. When there is no longer any interaction within a culture or between a given culture and other cultures, there is no longer any point to that culture, and indeed that culture could not realistically exist -- in order for interactions to cease, no people could exist in that culture. And because culture is essentially a human phenomenon, though not one of conscious creation, it is simply impossible for a culture to exist without people, and without those people interacting. It is through interactions that culture is...
In order for this to be accomplished, the military unit must direct its operations to effect the minimal amount of cultural disruption for those in the region where operations are taking place. At the same time, the members of that unit must be prepared for a shift in their culture, and warned against ethnocentric thinking and behavior in no uncertain terms.
DiMarco, L. (2003). Traditions, changes, and challenges: Military operations and the Middle Eastern city. Diane Publsihing.
Harrison, D.; Light, L. & Rothschild-Boros, M. (2008). Cultural anthropology: Our diverse world. New York: Wadsworth.
Hoskins, B. (2007). "Religion and other cultural variable in modern operational environments." Accessed 16 October 2009. http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA470675&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf
O'Neil, D. (2007). "Characteristics of…
He realizes that Magnus' rage is not simply conservative, but has a nationalist and liberal ethos behind it, however misguided the man's anger may occasionally seem to Owen. But even at the beginning of Act III, as Owen is beginning to soften, his strategies of going back to the original names of places, before local shortening and slang, suggest to the viewer or reader that such a strategy may be
Cultural Differences in Army Officers Every society is different from the other and arranges itself under some certain value and belief system. This belief system is the basic identity of any society or a group of people and is very central in developing them as human beings. More importantly, it plays a significant role in developing the way these members of a society behave and how they interact with each other.
Charles Van Doren has concluded that the Copernican Revolution is actually the Galilean Revolution because of the scale of change introduced by Galileo's work. The technological innovation of the Renaissance era started with the invention of the printing press (the Renaissance). Even though the printing press, a mechanical device for printing multiple copies of a text on sheets of paper, was first invented in China, it was reinvented in the
Military education is also more values-driven and goal-oriented than traditional higher education; as Husted and West (2008) note, the military education forces its members to remain accountable at all times, often through policies such as honor codes, and students learn the value of honesty, integrity, and hard work. While it could be argued that the honor code is an unnecessarily harsh policy and therefore a disadvantage of military life,
Military MST Military sexual trauma (MST) is a serious issue for both servicemen and servicewomen. MST can cause mental and physical illness and impair one's ability to interact socially with others. To be explicit, MST is defined by the National Center for PTSD as unwelcome sexual attention including gender harassment, unwanted sexual attention, unwanted sexual attention, sexual coercion, sexual assault, and rape (Street & Stafford, 2009). MST is on the rise. According to
Cultural Values and Ethics No personal or professional decision happens in a vacuum. We are continually bombarded by external influences from family members, friends, culture, society, the media, and our mentors. Small decisions that seem simple and meaningless, such as choosing which clothes to wear to a job interview, are often based on personal and cultural values. Values influence decisions ranging on consumer choices to career choices. Therefore, it can be