An article posted in ‘The Warrant Officer’ has caused me to wonder if the manoeuvrist approach (an approach that many military veterans will be familiar with from their former professional lives) can be applied to any problems they encounter in transitioning to civilian life.
This article follows on from previous posts exploring the notion that some Service leavers experience reverse culture shock upon transitioning from military to civilian life (particularly if also dealing with additional trauma), and that an ingrained 'military' stigma acts against seeking help when needed.
In this article, the potential power of 'narrative' approaches to combatting this are explored, drawing on the work conducted in the Canadian context.
In many respects, a career in the armed forces is unlike all other jobs.
Military work can occupy 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and it frequently involves working, sleeping and socialising with the same people, in a 'self-contained social world'.
With its ‘different ways of communicating and relating to others, different living arrangements, [...] and different standards of behaviour, dress, and bodily comportment’, it is often described as more of a 'life' than a job.