RE: English Majors and Ex-Military

Subject: RE: English Majors and Ex-Military
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 12:49:04 -0700

Maybe there is a difference between Navy/Marine and Army/Air Force?

I know the Navy places great emphasis on technical training and tries to
incorporate the latest hi-tech gee-whiz toys they can get their hands. At
least that was the case for twenty years while I was in the Submarine
Service :)

In 1983 as a tech writer (Navy called me a Nuclear Repair Planner), I was
tasked with evaluating which hw/sw combination would be best to replace our
IBM Selectric IIs. It was a tough choice between Apple II, IBM PC, Tandy
Radio Shack (TRS). The Apple and the IBM didn't have a word processor at the
time that would meet the specs we had developed. I turned in my report just
before being transferred, but I think they bought the TRS package <lol>.
That was a whole 'nuther lifetime ago.

John Gilger
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bonnie Erskine [mailto:Bonnie -dot- Erskine -at- PREMERA -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2001 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: English Majors and Ex-Military

Thank you surfer924... thank you...

I usually lurk on the list, but I must admit this topic raised my eyebrows
as well as my irritation...


As for being "inflexible, patronizing, prone to quantity rather than
quality, overly fond of passive voice and bureaucatese, and unwilling to
learn and use new technology"... wow... I don't know who you worked for, or
with, but you can't get any further from what I experienced. I found the
military very receptive to the training and software we delivered. I spent
time on bases, in ports, and on ships and inflexibility (in either the
former or current military) wasn't an issue AT ALL. Some of the best
training (as in train-the-trainer) I received came from Navy officers. They
also lacked the apathy I've seen in commercial organizations. ("We're late
delivering? Oh well... so we'll just do a few feature cuts... the customers
won't care.")


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