Expectations: U.S. Military | Clarity

Expectations. Deadlines. Priorities. Specificity. Clear Communication. The Military, whatever branch it may be, Army, The Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, The National Guard or Coast Guard, each has a set of expectations that are clear and specific. What they promise is what they mean and they will deliver.  No candidate goes into basic training expecting it to be a walk in the park. Training will be rigorous but ultimately the best will come through, competent and the best at what they do.

Being candid is not being afraid to tell the truth in the clearest terms possible. In basic training candidates are trained for real live war. The training officers do their utmost to make sure that it is as real as battle. If not, these candidates would most likely walk into war putting themselves and others around them in danger. Communication has to be absolutely clear. One miscommunication and someone could end up dead.

The military’s form of training and expectations is an extreme example of being candid. But for their purpose it effectively trains and readies the troops for battle. Being frank and transparent makes one trusted, and the team, in spite of uncertain times, remains unified. Authenticity and frankness inspire. For the military to be successful and ready at any moment they have to have high expectations, and clear communication.

So, how can you be as clear in your communication and expectations?

  • Listen
  • Empathize
  • Avoid manipulation. Don’t overstate or understate.
  • Speak honestly and without exaggeration.
  • Stay focused and avoid distractions.
  • Ask questions.
  • Glean information from the nonverbal communication.
  • Keep an open mind and do not jump to conclusions.
  • Do not criticize.
  • Simplify the complicated.
  • First seek to understand, and then to be understood.
  • Mean what you say. 


U.S. Marine Corp, Army, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, Trust in Leadership, Clarity, Expectations, Communication

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