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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

…the Right Way.

"The Finnish Defense Forces does several things differently from the militaries of the United States and most of Europe. It's partly due to circumstance. Universal male conscription deriving from a history of very bloody wars with Russia and a principle of neutrality means that most Finnish men serve, and a culture of service means Finns trust their military at the highest rate in Europe.

Those are some of the many interesting anecdotes in a recent article by Elisabeth Braw in Foreign Affairs. Among them is how the FDF keeps up that level of trust. It's pretty simple.

For one, the FDF encourages soldiers to discuss their experiences and report problems in regularly-conducted surveys which officers actually read even when soldiers report positive scores. If a score comes back positive, the FDF will want to know why the scores are positive instead of merely patting itself on the back about a job well done…"
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Lonkka1Actual14 Oct 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

"The officers shout less, and they talk to their soldiers like human beings."

Even in the late eighties when I did my service I do not recall a single instance when permanent staff would've started shouting at us conscripts.

Traditionally Finnish leadership emphasizes leading from the front by example. I too strived for that when I was given the command of a platoon.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2017 10:52 p.m. PST

You were lucky my friend!.


The Shoveler Inactive Member14 Oct 2017 11:00 p.m. PST


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