What communicators can learn from the armed forces

Armed Forces Day was observed May 18, but if you missed it, you can still honor the troops, past and present, by faithfully following their best examples.

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That memorable moment was the beginning of my dad’s 21-year career of proudly serving in the U.S. armed forces. Our military extensively trains people to be their best. As the daughter of a retired military member, I’ve picked up a few lessons along the way.

In honor of Armed Forces Day (May 18), I’d like to share some with you. They circle back to three things: discipline, focus, and excellence.

As a communicator, I have no illusions that my job in any way compares to the duties of our military men and women. Having said that…

Don’t do it for the money. Enlisted personnel do not make much money. My dad joined because he felt it was his duty. Reputable, lucrative positions in communications exist, but be careful not to base career decisions solely on money. Follow your heart and your conscience.

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