15 Badass Military Skills You Can Apply To Your Own Life

DefenceXP Author / 16 January 2020

Hello Defence Lovers, While Protecting our country military personnel learn so many important lessons along the way. In military you learned more in than you did in all years of college. There is no doubt that experience is the hardest teacher since it gives the exam before any lessons are taught. and military is the place where you will get so many experience, and not only experience you will learn so many badass skills that you can apply to your own life. So with this article we are talking about such 15 Badass Skill that you can apply to your own life.

1. How to Make Friends with Discomfort

  • Being a soldier means living rough. When you’re out in the field you sleep on the ground, you don’t get to shower very often, the ration packs you eat taste like worst, you’re outside in the searing heat or freezing cold, and you have to just make the best of it.  on the other hand think about civilian life—air conditioners, comfy beds, whatever food you want being just a few minutes’ drive away. 
  • So When you get used to living in discomfort in the army, suddenly all the things everyone complains about in the civilian world make you say “Huh, So what?”
  • And if you want to achieve this skill simply just try to get out of your comfort zone. Do try everything once in a while which you are not doing just because of your comfort zone.

2. Better Teamwork

  • Accept one thing that You Can't Do Everything On Your Own.
  • More of us live on our own and work for ourselves than at any other time in history, but all soldiers know that there are just some things you can’t do on your own. At the most basic level, the “buddy system” keeps you alive in a fight, but understanding that there are times when the individual is less than the team is an important life lesson.
  • At present time most of the civilians get frustrated when there’s a specific problem they can’t solve themselves or get uncomfortable trusting others with important stuff -- learn to be a team player and everything runs more smoothly.

3. Adaptability

  • In the military, if something stays the same for too long, it starts to feel strange. You're constantly moving to a new base, changing roles and deploying to different locations.
  • So learn to adapt your surroundings quickly helps you to push through the changes quickly in every aspect of your life.

4. Listen

  • Don't confuse hearing, which is passive, with the active function of listening. Listening results in understanding and learning, which is critical to success. Supervisors, subordinates, instructors, peers, friends and families want you to listen – not just hear.
  • Repeating the important points of a message is a great way to demonstrate that you were listening versus simply hearing what they said.   

5. Forget fear—and Take Pride in your Accomplishments

  • Everyday life and moving up in the world can be a bit of a crapshoot. You try something, you fail. Maybe you try again. After a few times, though, many people give up and stay in a rut because it’s easier. Failure has become enough of a pattern that people get discouraged and don’t want to put themselves out there anymore.
  • From day one in the army, they are throwing tests at you, except they have staff that are invested in making sure you pass them. If you don’t, they get you back on that horse to try again and pass as quickly as possible.
  • After three months at bootcamp, you’ve been tested and passed those tests so many times that you’re a different person. You walk with what many civilians perceive to be an air of arrogance because your confidence has grown exponentially with each test you’ve passed.
  • You look back at the end and wonder who the hell the person you used to be was. Tests and challenges aren’t scary anymore because you’ve passed so many of them. You feel as though nothing is beyond your reach. That is an extremely powerful feeling.
  • To achieve it take small steps. When you want to accomplish things, take the smallest steps possible that you know you can succeed at to build your confidence. Soon enough you’ll be game to take on those bigger challenges!

6. How to take responsibility

  • In the army, you have people relying on you all the time. And you’re relying on them. When people don’t do their jobs correctly, others get killed.
  • In the civilian world, you’ll often be expected to print off every interaction, to account for absolutely everything, and to constantly follow up with people to make sure they’ve done something. 
  • In the army, you never have to do that. If someone has a task, they’ll do it, just as you will because you all know the consequences if you don’t. It isn’t just about the fact that your brothers and sisters that you work with might get killed, it’s the fact that you wouldn’t ever want to be responsible or bear that guilt for it happening.
  • So you do your job and you become someone that people can rely on. When someone says, “Can you do this for me?” and you say “Yes,” they don’t have to ask a second time.
  • In a world where everyone will try to shirk responsibility, it’s a big deal when you can be relied upon to get things done. So try to keep your word. If you say you’ll do something for someone, do it. Trust takes a long time to earn and can be dashed in a heartbeat.

7. Apperance Matters  

  •  It’s not a question of fashion, but of self-respect and situational awareness -- what you’d wear in the desert, you wouldn’t wear at home. No matter the uniform you choose to wear, you should always make sure that it fits you properly and that it reflects who you are. There's power in the way you dress gentlemen, so find that uniform and wear it proudly.

8. Extreme Discipline

  • The principles behind the military training might differ from that of a regular classroom or college degree but in reality, they can be equally utilized for living a life filled with confidence, courage, discipline and strength. 
  • Often words like motivation and mental toughness get tossed around when it comes to preparing for anything challenging. 
  • In many ways, military discipline is all about character building and self-control in the face of a challenging or frustrating situation.  
  • How can you achieve big things if you can't get a handle on small ones? these disciplines keeps you in high standards that everything you do. Whatever you do in life, do it well. Don't be lazy. Hold yourself to high standards, rather than holding yourself to the standards of others.

9. Practice Makes Perfect

  • In order to be as close to perfect as possible, you need to practice. This doesn't only include sports, but every aspect of your life. Practice is key, gentlemen, to mastering any skill and being more productive.

10. Learn From The Experience Of Others 

  • Old hands often say there’s nothing new in war, just stuff you haven’t yet learned. When you’re young and ambitious, the grizzled old timer telling you how he did it may seem prehistoric, but he’s seen and knows a lot more than you. In the army, you quickly learn to listen to and respect the opinions of senior guys -- those opinions often save your life. 

11. You Can't Rely On Technology 

  • We live in a technology-driven age and nowhere more so than on the battlefield: drones overhead, thermal-imaging systems, advanced weapons, and virtually indestructible vehicles. But a wise man once said that to take a town, some bastard still has to crawl into the middle of it and raise a flag. 
  • Iraq and Afghanistan have reminded those who had forgotten that soldiering still requires face-to-face interaction and boots on the ground and, what is more, that technology can always fail you. To the guys who couldn’t find the party because their iPhone map app wasn’t working: Next time check a real map! 

12. Be positive

  • Optimism is a force multiplier that can enable monumental accomplishment. It draws people towards your purpose while negative attitudes push them away. It can also disarm potential conflicts. Regardless of the situation, put on the face of optimize and move forward.

13. Stay Humble and Hustle Hard

  • No matter what your position in your company or in organisation, you should always be proud of it. Especially if you worked hard for it. In military the young men and women, although the lowest rank, all looked proud to be standing where they were because they knew how much hard work, effort and time they put in to get where they were.
  • That drive is what you should focus on as well. Put in the time, put in the effort and put in the work that is necessary to get to whatever position you want, but always be proud of where you are right now.

14. Value Your Sleep

  • In training, it sometimes felt like you’d barely closed your eyes after an exhausting day before you were being woken at 4:00 a.m. by a screaming Ustaad for a room inspection. Out on operations the tempo is high and the enemy is no respecter of fatigue, and months can pass when more than four uninterrupted hours of sleep can seem a distant and luxurious memory.
  • However, anyone who’s worked in the army has seen firsthand how sleep deprivation degrades performance, how quickly tired soldiers make the wrong choices and lose their edge.
  • And as we have seen now a days in civilian life specially in high-powered office jobs, boasting about working 36 hours straight on a deal as if it’s a good thing; however, someone that tired, or jittery on caffeine, can’t perform and is no good to anyone. Soldiers know sleep is the ultimate restorative, which is why they try to get their heads down whenever they can -- we should all try to do the same more often. 

15. Be Decisive with Confidence

  • There’s as fine a line between arrogance and confidence as there is between stupidity and bravery, but there’s no place for uncertainty or hesitancy on the battlefield. Individuals and teams get in trouble when they get caught in the middle ground; out in the open in a vulnerable position or not exactly certain of their objectives or location. 
  • As a leader at any level, having confidence in your decisions is crucial and at any level once you’ve decided on a course of action, carrying it out to the best of your abilities is invariably the way to get it done.

Jai Hind

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