What is the most important skill to learn before entering the military?

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  1. jamesd96

    jamesd96 Member

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    In your opinion, what is the most important skill for a civilian to learn before entering the military?
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Geez..... MOST important debate could go on forever.

    Don't take yourself too seriously.

    Remember you're SERVING, and your end client, the American people are also your boss.

    It takes a team...


    Geez..... sooooo many things!!!
     
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    Time Management!!!!!
     
  4. cisco

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    There's no "most" important skill to learn. There's multiple skills you'll need. It's a very long list :biggrin: . Like LITS said, this could go on forever..
     
  5. osdad

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    How to think one thing but always have it come out "Yes, Sir". :shake:

    Actually a better question would be "What personality traits are important to acquire before entering the military?"

    to list only a few...

    Patience
    Perseverance
    Humor
     
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    On forms, always write your "LAST NAME" first and your "FIRST NAME" last.
     
  7. sgtpenn

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    Brilliant! My soda nearly came out my nose when I read that!

    I can think of a few... (although maybe not exactly skills)

    Saying "No brass, no ammo... Drill Sergeant!"...and being correct.

    Answering the question: " What were you thinking?"

    Seriously...remember:
    1) that most of the training is mind games
    2) as soon as it gets as bad as it can be...it gets better.
    3) Even though it may seem like the Cadre hates you...they are being hard on you so that you'll survive when things gets ugly
    4) Training hard = war easy.
    5) keep a sense of humor...I will guard the limits of my post and quit......
     
  8. Bullet

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    So many good ones to choose from, with some mentioned here already.

    Here's probably one of the more valuable skill sets to learn as a new Lt (IMO):

    Listening with your ears, and not your mouth. :thumb:
     
  9. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    :yllol:

    memorize your social security number:rolleyes:
     
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    Balancing a family alongside a military career. Unless your married you cant begin to prepare for your biggest career challenge. So enjoy life. Get the play time out of your system and be ready to devote yourself to your family when the time and person is right.
     
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    Ability to control yourself at difficult times adn always keeping your bravery.
     

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