Veteran 101 Department of Defense

Veteran 101: DoD Overview

This course covers the history of the Department of Defense (DoD) to help civilians understand how our military operates at the Federal level. It includes information about the purpose and history of the DoD and a breakdown of the different branches of military service. Understanding the environment a Veteran served under leads to a better understanding of Veteran themselves.

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    Donald R. Malin April 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Great Summary

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    Aston Talbot July 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I found this helpful as I’m from a different Navy. The history, change and reorganisation seen in the DoD is similar, but the names and appointments very alot. Thank you for the short and informative summary.

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    Aston Talbot July 3, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Of particular note for me was the reducing size of the force but complexity of operations. Doing more with less. This gives the newer veteran different challenges. Constant stimulation and bombardment with information and technology. A near instant and globally reaching communications network means the reprots, returns, orders, and changes to orders are constant… no longer do we get the respite of waiting until the next mail bag arrives which could be days, weeks, months (at sea). It all adds up, all gives us a higher level of background stress and could be what adds up over years and years; leaving less reserve resilance and have us closer to our tipping point.

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      licimercado February 19, 2020 at 6:02 am

      Great insight and very helpful information for me, as a mental health provider. Thank you for sharing.

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    Nicole Williams October 10, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Good information, thank you!!

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    monchito50 July 15, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I appreciate the structure of how our Dept. of Defense operates. Everyone has a hand in ensuring transparency and direction. Very informative dialogue.

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