From 20 months of learning, both profoundly reflective and inferential, and from the 25 years I spent as an enlisted operator in the SEAL Teams, 19 of those at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, I extracted insights that were previously unavailable to me during my time in the service. Today, I understand that there is no single thing as “culture.”
I’ve seen several articles recently suggesting that military members should follow a simple rules strategy to fix their cultural issues, like “Do these 5 things, and you’ll be well on your way to winning the culture-change war.” How quaint. But if we were to recognize that culture is a mosaic, then we might take the next step and realize that the context, the diaphanous, semi-permeable box within which a culture forms, differs from culture to culture, and thus the simple rules for changing it will also differ, or the degree to which a rule should be applied will differ from context to context. It’s heady stuff, this culture-change game.