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Third Culture Kids (TCK) are children raised in a culture other than their parents' native home for a significant part of their early development years. TCKs become exposed to a greater variety of cultural influences during a formational time. The first culture of TCKs is the culture of the country from which the parents originated. The second culture is the culture in which the family resides. And the third culture refers to the blending of these two cultures.
Suicide among active duty military members and veterans has increased in the wake of the two international conflicts, surpassing those of the general population for the first time since Vietnam. Recent research has identified the period of separation from the military as a period of elevated risk, regardless of deployment history.
Reverse culture shock is a common reaction to returning home from time abroad. It is an emotional and psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial adjustment to living abroad. Symptoms can range from feeling like no one understands you or how you’ve changed to feeling panicked that you will lose part of your identity if you don’t have an outlet to pursue new interests that were sparked abroad. Your reactions to re-entry may vary, but common signs are:
Certainly, adapting to a new culture while abroad is a challenging task, more so if you are trying to flourish and be successfull in it. Recently, we came across the story of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jomar Perez, a construction management inspector with the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, who struggled adapting to American culture and military culture. For him, seeing Airmen from different backrounds was a source of inspiration.
In the face of widespread unrest over its repression and violence in the Muslim province of Xinjiang, China has launched a series of “strike hard” campaigns to weaken the hold of Islam in the region. Government employees and children have been barred from attending mosques or observing Ramadan. In many places, women have been barred from wearing face-covering veils, and men discouraged from growing long beards.
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, traces its roots to the secret World War II U.S. Army intelligence unit comprised of Japanese-Americans – the Military Intelligence Service (MIS).
Then, as now, we needed to succeed militarily and also communicate with other cultures and nations.
The MIS was started in late 1941 as a unit to train Japanese-Americans (Nisei) to conduct translation and interrogation activities. MIS men came mostly from Hawaii and the West Coast.
The Department of Defense provides immersive programs to ensure military forces and civilian employees are ready to work within and alongside other cultures.