Journal article

The value of generic cultural training

Defence Australia

Abstract: Military organisations struggle with defining culture, a problem exacerbated by the lack of agreement on when cultural training should occur and what it should consist of. In the Australian Army cultural training is typically delivered to personnel during operational force preparation. This paper argues that cultural skills need to be developed much earlier, preferable at points throughout a soldier’s entire career. This paper uses the seemingly unrelated issues of mental health, insider threat and gender equality to argue for the relevance of ongoing generic cultural training. After outlining the Army’s current cultural training process the paper explains how a tailored generic cultural training can overcome its existing shortfalls and become a viable training methodology - if placed early in both the soldier and officer training continuum. Generic cultural training can therefore address a number of key issues facing the army as well as enhancing the Army’s ability to adapt across a broad spectrum of operations.

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