military sensitivity training

Learning About the United States Military as a Civilian

military sensitivity trainingRecently, our administrative assistant at All Best Home Care decided to learn more about military culture. Military sensitivity training helped to aide her in better understanding our veteran and surviving spouse clients’ backgrounds. To achieve this, she attended the Star Behavioral Health Providers Tier One military sensitivity training. The following are the recollections of her experience.

Being a civilian, or a non-military affiliated person, I had very general knowledge of our military in the United States before I took the Star Behavioral Health Providers military sensitivity training. And most of what I knew, I learned in school or from movies. I learned reliable, but limited information about the military in school. Movies weren’t consistently reliable and usually just plain wrong as I would soon learn. I knew I wouldn’t learn everything about each branch of the military, but it was a good starting point.

One of the most interesting things I learned during the training were the positions that each insignia link meant, along with the differences between commissioned officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted personnel. The structure of military rank and their differences was very confusing. I learned the highest rank of the enlisted is still lower than the lowest commissioned officer in regards to rank. And warrant officers are somewhere in the middle. They are more so “technical experts” in their field. You can gather all this information just from the uniform. A military uniform can provide information on the branch of military the person is in, if they are an officer or enlisted, what their rank is, and much more. The uniform in the military is very much like a resume, but in clothing form.

Here are some other interesting facts I learn about the US military during the training:

  • The United States Department of Defense is the US’s largest employer with over 3 million employees. These employees are both military personal and civilians.
  • If you are unsure which branch or the rank of a military personnel, it is okay to ask. That way, for example, you don’t accidentally call an Air Force enlistee “Soldier” when he or she is an “Airman”.
  • The US has formally declared war only 5 times. This includes: War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Spanish-American war, World War I, and World War II. The other 300+ occasions where the US armed forces were utilized “for other than normal peacetime purposes”.

If you want to learn more about the US military, there are many great resources online, at your local library, or available through training like the free one I attended. If you search online though, I suggest visiting ‘.gov’ websites. They will contain more reliable and accurate information.

To learn more about the Star Behavioral Health Providers Tier One military sensitivity training that was taken by our administrative assistant, click here. If you are a veteran, or the surviving spouse of a veteran, and are in need of in-home care contact All Best Home Care at 502-456-2273. Learn more about if you qualify for Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Pension. 

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