When men and women join the military, they and their family members adapt to a new culture. They learn a different language steeped in acronyms and military slang. They participate in a community whose members are bound together by the core military value of service before self and by the missions they carry out. The chain of command that oversees almost every aspect of a military service member’s life also provides for the member’s basic needs, including regular employment, medical care, and housing. What challenges might military service members and their families face when they separate from the military and its unique culture and provisions?
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To prepare for this Discussion, review both Kristin Wilkinson and Michael Wilkinson Video this week’s resources.
· Describe the greatest challenge this individual is facing or had faced during reintegration and explain why this is/was the greatest challenge.
· Explain one recommendation you might make to improve or enhance this individual’s reintegration experience and to mitigate further challenges.
Be sure to support your post with specific references and Required Reading to the resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.