Part I: Interview An Individual Who Is Active Military Or Separated From The Military.

  • Part 1: Ask a Military Personnel 5 of these questions then create 5 of your own question.
  • Can you please identify your affiliation: branch, rank, and job?
  • Can you please summarize your permanent change of station (PCS) and deployment experience?
  • Why did you join the military?
  • Why did you separate?
  • How would you characterize your experience in the military?
  • How did/does your military experience affect your family?
  • Identify some positive and negative aspects of your military experience.
  • How would you describe military culture in general?
  • What are some memorable experiences about your military life?
  • How did your experience in the military help form or influence your identity?
  • Consider someone who wants to work in a professional capacity with military personnel, active, retired, or reserves. What is especially important for this individual to know about military culture? Why is this especially important?
  • How can helping professionals help support military personnel and their families?
  • Part2:
  • What information did you gain as a result of this interview?
  • What information might be missing?
  • How does the information you have gathered inform your professional role?
  • Did this interview change your perspective on military culture? If so, how?
  • Did you learn anything about yourself through this interview? What misconceptions did you discover? What stood out for you in terms of military culture? Provide specific examples.
  • What skills or sensitivities do you think you might need to expand upon? Why are these skills or sensitivities especially relevant to your work with military personnel and their families?
  • What is your experience with military culture?
  • What do you believe are the strengths and limitations of the culture?
  • How has the military culture informed your identity, if at all?
  • What do you think helping professionals who want to work with military personnel should know about military culture?
  • What do you suggest as ways for helping professionals to advocate for and provide support to military personnel and their families?