On reflection I have another view on the differences between the military, active or retired and those that never served. While on active duty the military has the mission. It does not matter what type of command or branch of service. You report for duty and the command has a mission that it is expected to accomplish. Some times it is a number of short exersizes that are part of some whole, in others it is a steady and on-going one.When I moved on the civilian work I noticed quickly that the people involved had jobs, but were not really aware of what that job meant in the whole, or what the over all mission of the company was. I have worked as a consultant for several years to companies that work outside the defence contracting area. Most of these companies could define the mission as "keeping the stock holders/CEO happy, make money". But I found it hard for the workers to identify with that as a goal in life. Even some of the managers were not willing to buy into that mission.I have also worked in a couple of companies where there were several military retired in place, and it is interesting to see the way they explain the need to do a job, as opposed to the MBA. The retired would attempt to explain the need to get a job done on time, and the benefit of getting things done ahead of schedule and under budget. The "MBA" would tell people to do this, and leave the room.
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