Culture General Guidebook for Military Professionals
Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning Quantico United States
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With the ongoing institutionalization of culture-related programs in military services, the availability of regional and culture-specific education and training, as well as opportunities for building language skills, have improved dramatically since the early 2000s. It is, therefore, natural to ask why we would create a guidebook focused on concepts and skills that can be used anywhere. The approach of equipping military personnel with culture general concepts and skills arose through ad hoc coordination among social scientists and military personnel starting around 2006. The intent was and is to complement the regional, culture-specific, and language approaches already in place or being developed. Culture general concepts and skills help make learning about a new area easier, enhance personnels ability to apply regional and culture-specific knowledge, and improve their ability to interact and operate effectively in culturally complex situations. As of 2017, there are numerous culture general courses offered across the services. While there is some reference material available, there was not a basic guide to relevant culture general concepts and skills. This guidebook serves to fill that gap and to provide a foundational document upon which others may build to grow the culture general resources available to military personnel and those who support them. Perhaps less interesting to operators, culture general approaches also were specifically designed to help mitigate several inter-related challenges facing the organizations charged with equipping military personnel with culture-related capabilities. Although we will not address them in the guidebook, these issues have enough significance historically and currently that they bear mentioning in this preface.
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations