(Original post by cid)
Well yes and no, contrary to popular believe amongst a large proportion of the civilian population, soldiers don't just do as they're told. What they do is something called 'playing the game' It is hard to explain to someone who hasn't seen it in action.
The military is very different to a civilian job, just because you are somebodies superior in rank, it doesn't mean a thing, there is an old saying in the Army ' It's a rank slide, not a gum shield' You may be a higher rank and you may get paid more, but if you are incompetent, or you talk down to people and act like a knob, you'll know about it and for some people it comes as a bloody shock.
A soldier will NEVER be 100% content being told what to do by a civilian, that is a civilian, not an ex squaddie, which is a compleatly different beast to the former, why? Simple really, as corney and cliche and straight out of Hollywood as it sounds, the civilian hasn't earned the right to, personally i think no one should be allowed to send their nation to war (political leaders) unless they've served themselves and fully appreciate what they're lining their men up for for ...but i digress.
The best way to interact with the military would be to have the team leaders liaise with the JNCO's corporals and lance corporals, and the management step above that with the SNCO's I'm sure the officers and army commanders are all talking with their civilian equivalents. But a civilian cannot expect to just appear and take command of a group of soldiers, especially when them soldiers are feeling rather jaded about even being present anyway.
-Soldiers don't like working for someone they have no respect for.
-They especially don't like being told what to do by someone they have not respect for.
-They REALLY don't like being spoken to like crap by someone they have no respect for.
If anyone here is a team leader i would just say, don't speak to them like you would probably expect soldiers to be accustomed to being spoken to. That is quick short orders, they will not accept it from civilians, if you need them to do something, ask them, like you would ask a volunteer, because you ARE NOT
in charge of them, their NCO's and officers are in charge of them, you are working with them regardless of whatever G4S rank you hold. If you are having problems with them, you can try to speak to them, but do not try to adopt the stance of a superior, you will fail ..fast, or you can speak to an NCO, that would be one of the chaps with a chevron or two on his chest. Though there is every chance they will be amongst the soldiers you are having problems with lol.
To be honest i think mixing the teams so they are civilian and military is a bit silly
, but hey someone out there is getting paid far more than me to come up with these stupid ideas, I just want to know 2 things, Who is he? And can i have he's job when he retires, i can suggest stupid stuff for lots of money all days long.