More training for the military?

May 30 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

I've always believed that being in the military has to be one of the most difficult and thankless jobs that exists, no matter in which country you live.

That is why it always bothers me to read articles such as this one. It's not that the content is horrific, but it does serve as a reminder that we should be mindful of helping others just a little more.

I've always been a civilian, so I can't speak from experience, but I am of the mind that working in the military is considerably different from working in the private sector.

Having worked in several countries, I can say without hesitation that working in one is nothing like working in the other Ė despite having relatively similar cultures and languages.

It seems to me that improved job training should be part of a soldier's training either when returning from active service or leaving the military and preparing to adjust to civilian life.

Even for those who have not seen combat, there's no mistaking that working in a certain way for a number of years only to find a completely different way of work life awaits is a pretty daunting challenge.

It seems so obvious that the best time to help military adjust to civilian life is before they actually reach it. Such care or treatment is almost as important as post traumatic stress disorder treatment, it's important to cure both the body and mind so that a country's most faithful stewards can enjoy a productive and fulfilling life on the outside.