February, 2015

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Refreshing the Military


Refreshing the Military

The military is a multi-sectored organization. It does not hold itself within the confinements of battle strategies and combat trainings. Another part of its objective is to extend its network all they way to other professionals. In fact, the military has what is called as the professional corps wherein doctors, nurses, lawyers, dentists, and priests are members. Yes your eyes did not play a trick on you. The word priest is mentioned.

Well, they are actually called chaplains. The military makes it a point that its members are well-oriented on the affairs of the church regardless of what religion they are in. Come with me and take a look at how the military is refreshed by His presence.

It all starts on the part of the military called military relations. This program makes sure that military personnel are able to receive the precious blessing of the Church. It is founded on four very significant concepts. The first one is that recruits of the military should have proper Church orientation. Second is that the members of the military should be supported by Church advocates in whatever place they are assigned to. Third would be that Church services can be extended to military personnel whenever they are not fit or unable to attend such activities and the last is that there is encouragement chaplaincy in the different brands of the military.

Let me introduce you to the concept of military chaplaincy. As for any member of the military professional corps, a chaplain is hailed as an officer commissioned within the military. Chaplaincy is widely known in the force specifically in that of France and the US. The endorsement from the religious sector is needed in order to pursue a career in military chaplaincy. You may ask then, what really is the task of military chaplains? They are very vital in keeping the troops together, spiritually that is.

They serve as advisers that enrich the souls and minds. Moreover, they are the ones responsible for ensuring that there is a smooth flow of religious concerns within the perimeter of the organization. Chaplains are present wherever the troops head to. You can find these guys sweating it out during drills or even in the dangers of the battlefield.

The most important aspect of the chaplain’s duty is keeping the faith of the men and women in the military intact. They are the morale boosters especially in times of crisis. Chaplains work with individual troops and their families. This they accomplish in a certain fashion that would not discriminate religious beliefs and practices that are not part of their own while maintaining the integrity of their own ways.

Military chaplains operate an Ethical Code as prescribed by the National Ministry under the Military Force. They are expected to hold marriages and memorial services for family members. They make it a point that religious beliefs and relations are organized regardless of what circle you is in. They perform duties and responsibilities connected in teaching and counselling.

You may even see these dedicated fellows visiting military personnel and their family during sickness, detention, or even in the crossfire during war. One bit of information about chaplaincy is that when you engage in such profession you are allowed to have a family. More so, their family is part of the healing service they extend to the force.

The military is not always about the wild frenzies and avid shootings. There is a refreshing part of the military that you should always look forward to.



How The US Armed Forces Conducts Its Military Training

Hi TM readers,
Steven From Salt Lake city in Utah (USA) has written to Talking Military and requested to put a blog about how the US Armed forces conduct there Military Training. So take it away Steve,

How The US Armed Forces Conducts Its Military Training

Whenever the word military training comes to mind, one would picture a drill sergeant shouting in the face of a new cadet. While scenes like this do take place, the various branches of service employ similar techniques used in conducting corporate training’s. This method is what transforms the men and women of the military into extraordinary soldiers.

Boot camps, as what they call it, are the method used by companies in training their newly hired employees. It utilizes accelerated learning wherein knowledge is acquired in a short span of time. In contrast, military boot camps utilize shock value and “breakdown” techniques as a means of molding the new trainee leaving their most desirable characteristics intact. This technique creates both positive and negative reinforcement.

Aside from simulation, there is also classroom training. The trainees gain knowledge about decision making, change management, and a little bit of history. The concept of classroom training is to implement decision making after knowledge with time constraint. This is based on previous knowledge, team and individual needs. In a civilian perspective, knowledge is seen as a potential weapon.

Simulated trial and error is used to facilitate decision-making. The drill sergeant in charge of the boot camps tours the recruits through the obstacle course to give an explanation and set expectations. It is then the job of the recruit to determine a way through the obstacles and failure can happen more than once.

In conducting leadership training’s, the military uses basic, tactical, and development methods. It involves classroom lectures, proficiency tests, simulation, and evaluation. These same techniques are also used in corporate training’s. With the shock and break down technique, the drillmaster explains what can happen if they do not follow certain procedures. Likewise, those who do not follow the procedures of the training are reprimanded.

Boot camps consistently adapt to changes in the environment. In the military, decision-making should be done within a limited period of rime. Those who show their willingness and leadership ability are invited to take advanced leadership training’s.
Normal training strategies are adopted to get rid of the recruit’s marginal qualities and retain their best qualities. Using constant simulation, evaluation, and testing, military training converts the trainees into extraordinary soldiers and exceptional leaders.

Each of the different branches of service conducts their own boot camps. In the Army, training will be conducted for 9 weeks in one of their bases in the United States. The fitness level of the trainee will be evaluated and they will be given one of several haircuts. Every training week has a different focus. Classroom and field training’s provide the mental and physical preparation for upcoming tasks. The Army boot camps foster a feeling of togetherness.

The 8-week military training of the Navy is held at Great Lakes, Illinois. The tests are designed for developing physical stamina and mental toughness. Classroom and shipboard emergency simulations are geared towards boosting confidence. The Marines hold a grueling 13-weeks of training which is the toughest and hardest in all of the military. Prior to admission to the camp, the recruit will undergo an initial fitness and health screening.

The short Air Force basic training runs for only 6 weeks but consists of intense mental training. As an elite branch of service, the trainee will discover the history, tradition, courtesies, and customs of this specialized branch of service. The Coast Guard basic training held in Cape May, New Jersey provides recruits with training on the aspects of law enforcement, ice patrol, recreational boating safety, search and rescue, and marine and environmental safety.

Whichever military training a trainee joins, they can look forward to becoming an extraordinary soldier serving the US Armed Forces.

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New Talking Military Book Store Is Now Open



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After so much effort and hard work Talking Military is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Talking Military Online Book Store.

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