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Service to Veterans & Military Families: Cultural Competencies


Overview of military culture highlighting the basics of organizational structure; branches of service; rank chart; core values; and distinctions between active and reserve designation to help service providers to understand the military community.

Cultural Competency

Cultural competence is defined as a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals and that enables them to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.


The Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Culture Center defines culture as a "dynamic social system," containing the values, beliefs, behaviors, and norms of a "specific group, organization, society or other collectivity" learned, shared, internalized, and changeable by all members of the society.

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