Free Space Optical communication in the military environment
Veterans are used to straightforward communication in the military
Politeness is a pervasive aspect of communication and plays an important part in all our interactions (see, e.g., Brown and Levinson, Politeness: Some universals in language usage, Cambridge University Press, 1987). Communication in the military is no exception. The differences which exist are examined in this article by observing interactions in a US army battalion. The main focus is the language used in office situations based on a questionnaire filled out by members of the battalion, interviews, and several days of field study. The interpretation and analysis of these data detail how military personnel is supposed to and does deal with both superiors and subordinates in a variety of speech act situations, such as how directives and complaints are formulated, how criticism is voiced, and how advice is given to superiors, peers, and subordinates. The results show that respectful behavior, on the one hand, is prescribed by regulations and institutions and, on the other hand, it is shaped by the individual's creativity and an informal and familiar style. Thus, the military in non-combat office situations has its peculiarities in language use in such areas as rank, but also makes use of typical features of workplace talk such as the mitigation of directives.
Communication in the military is no exception
Other useful tips for finding employment include working with a career counselor on career planning and interviewing skills. While military professionals are highly articulate, the nature in communication in the military sector is different and mock interviews can help with a less direct and more collaborative approach.