Part 1: Ask a Military Personnel 5 of these questions then create 5 of your own question. Can you please identify your affiliation: branch, rank, and job? Can you please summarize your permanent change of station (PCS) and deployment experience? Why did you join the military? Why did you separate? How would you characterize your experience in the military? How did/does your military experience affect your family? Identify some positive and negative aspects of your military experience. How would you describe military culture in general? What are some memorable experiences about your military life? How did your experience in the military help form or influence your identity? Consider someone who wants to work in a professional capacity with military personnel, active, retired, or reserves. What is especially important for this individual to know about military culture? Why is this especially important? How can helping professionals help support military personnel and their families?
What information did you gain as a result of this interview? What information might be missing? How does the information you have gathered inform your professional role? Did this interview change your perspective on military culture? If so, how? Did you learn anything about yourself through this interview? What misconceptions did you discover? What stood out for you in terms of military culture? Provide specific examples. What skills or sensitivities do you think you might need to expand upon? Why are these skills or sensitivities especially relevant to your work with military personnel and their families? What is your experience with military culture? What do you believe are the strengths and limitations of the culture? How has the military culture informed your identity, if at all? What do you think helping professionals who want to work with military personnel should know about military culture? What do you suggest as ways for helping professionals to advocate for and provide support to military personnel and their families?