The importance of understanding military culture

Soc Work Health Care. 2011;50(1):4-18. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2010.513914.


Social workers can make a significant contribution to military service members and their families, but first it is essential that the worldview, the mindset, and the historical perspective of life in the military are understood. Unless we understand how the unique characteristics of the military impact the service members and their families, we cannot work effectively with them. In addition, unless we understand their language, their structure, why they join, their commitment to the mission, and the role of honor and sacrifice in military service, we will not be able to adequately intervene and offer care to these families.

MeSH terms

  • Cultural Competency*
  • Family Relations*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Personnel / psychology*
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Population Dynamics
  • Social Class
  • Social Isolation / psychology
  • Social Work / methods*
  • United States