Military Service — We all know what causes sustained high blood pressure – too much salt in the diet, a family history of the disease, a weight issue, military service… wait, did I just say military service? Who would have thought it? But that’s what a analyze by the military appears to find now.
American soldiers who are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan in true combat, are healthy when they go in, and hypertensive when they come out. As a reason for hypertension, military service can be a new one. No one until now has ever found battle to lead to all-new hypertension overnight.
Everybody’s known about the long list of considerable disorders that battlefield distress can bring on – there’s depression, drug addiction that comes from depression, posttraumatic strain disorder and lots of others.
Hypertension just joined that lengthy and storied list. The examine was thorough too – they studied practically 40,000 military individuals, and about a fourth of those people individuals had been in active service in the Gulf. What they found at the end of the three-year research was, that as quite a few times as a soldier went back on tour, he gained a third in danger of getting high blood pressure.
As a reason for hypertension, active combat looks to be critical, as the review reports that military personnel who had been not in active combat, but had been still in the Gulf, have been somewhat at a lower danger.
Let’s look into one more poorly acknowledged reason for hypertension – a physician sighting. It is truly called white coat hypertension. And it is been quite well-documented. Any time you head out to doctor’s clinic or a hospital, the quite sight of the sterile environment of the hospital with people severe emotionally-detached doctors poking and pushing at you, sends individuals anxiety levels up in individuals.
Doctors have commonly dismissed this as just a case of the jitters though. New studies being done though, wonder if hospital hypertension like this isn’t all that harmless after all. It doesn’t do anything to a normal individual to show up in a hospital, they say; why does it do it do to only some persons? Their explanation of this is, that these are individuals who are prone to blood pressure troubles.
So if the mere sighting of the medical doctor sends one’s blood pressure up, that could possibly be a clue that not all is well with one’s circulatory system.
That’s what the examine did – it looked into hundreds of patients for practically a decade, and found that the incredibly those who reported high blood pressure in the surroundings of the hospital, commonly go on later in life to acquire genuine high blood pressure complications. It could possibly be, they say, that the simply excited and also the simply nervous are the ones who have their blood pressure jump up in hospital.
And individuals are qualities that could effortlessly be a pretty strong reason for hypertension. It looks to make sense too. Two studies over the last five years have looked into hundreds of those who have reported actual five-point increases in blood pressure in the presence of the medical doctor. A half of such men and women go on in life to have genuine blood pressure issues. Now if only there was a way to help individuals get their anxiety levels down a bit. Ayurveda anyone?
Earlier in the month we shared our top ex military CV tips and now to complement these we have some useful interview tips to help ex-army personnel secure their dream job.
Jobs for ex forces personnel can be more difficult to prepare for, especially if the role is the applicant’s first non-military job in a significant length of time. These tips have been researched by us in order to help heroes find the perfect civilian job.
Military Service As a Reason For Hypertension and Other Curiosities
1. Get to know about the company
Although interviews are all about you and your fit within the organisation, employers like to know that you care about their company. Displaying an interest in what they do and how they do it shows that you are keen and enthusiastic about the role you have applied for, but less obviously, it shows that you are keen to learn new things, have good research skills and care about the business more than the money (mentioning money is still a faux pas, no matter if it’s the truth).
2. Keep a positive attitude
Often, the greatest barrier that stops ex-forces personnel from clinching that job is their perceived lack of adaptation. Many employers are reluctant to provide jobs for ex forces personnel because of preconceptions they have of soldiers being “stuck in their ways” or lacking the personal skills to adapt well to a civilian working environment.
While we believe this is wrong, we encourage our job seekers to approach each interview with positivity and preparedness. Employers will gain a lot from your positive attitude and are more likely to realise that your military skills could be of benefit to them rather than a hindrance,
3. Explain your successes
It helps to put yourself in the interviewer’s position. They may not have interviewed an ex army or ex RAF person before and so may find it hard to put your previous accomplishments and experience into context. Try explaining your successes in measurable terms – rather than say you are good with people, talk about a particular moment when you led a team or were an important individual working within a troop or patrol.
Instead of claiming to work well under pressure, talk about a time when your levelheadedness was key in a certain operation. These will help them to realise what sort of person you are far more than over-used phrases like “I work well alone or as part of a team”.
4. Manners and mannerisms
There’s no easy way to say this – ex-military personnel can come across as a little stiff or even intimidating on first meeting, especially if said job hunter has been a member of the Armed Forces for a number of years. Try to relax a bit as it helps to give off a sense of approachability.
However, always remember that interviews are never completely informal no matter what the setting, so be polite and conscientious. Being late is a big bad cross on your file, however if this can’t be helped due to unforeseen circumstances make sure to phone as early as you can in order to re-schedule. Your honesty and foresight can be seen as a plus even though your tardiness counted against you.
5. Know your CV inside out
Your CV will highlight all of your skills and experience, but it won’t include everything. Understand which parts may require a little more explanation or background and be ready for questions asked about them. If one aspect of your CV looks interesting you may be asked to expand on it – you are being interviewed to review your abilities, but you are also being tested to see if you would fit in well within the company or organisation. Don’t be afraid to get enthusiastic – showing you enjoyed your previous roles shows that you are passionate about your work and put energy into what you do.
By following these tips you are equipping yourself with the tools to present yourself as best you can. It is up to you to display your true potential through the way you come across in an interview – don’t be pessimistic about a role simply because of your status as an ex-services member.
You should be proud that you served your country and that you are now actively seeking a new challenge. Now go out and get that job.
Well, it appears that we are just giving lip service to our returning military veterans. Many of them are not able to find decent jobs, and they quickly find themselves in economic enslavement. That’s no way to treat folks who have volunteered to help our country in our time of need.
Next, consider that we need more entrepreneurs, small business people, and franchisees, so could returning military vets serve this purpose and help us once again, this time with the war on unemployment? Indeed, I’d like to discuss this with you the have a few moments.
In the Los Angeles Times there was an interesting article on November 24, 2012 titled; “A Jobless Crisis for National Guard,” by Alexandra Zavis which noted the “poor job prospects” here in the US for returning National Guard vets.
Now then, I can recall previously when franchising my company how many returning veterans had been hired by our franchisees, and how many inquiries we got from people getting out of the military who wished to start their own businesses. In turn, they would most likely hire a good many of their friends also with military background, and thus, they were able to tap into a solid and if I might be so bold as to say a superior workforce.
This became fairly evident to me in both robust economic growth periods and in economic downturns – for instance when the unemployment rate was down to 5.4% these military veterans were able to network with other folks getting out of the military or reservists and hire them to work, and when unemployment was high, this group worked very hard to generate income and business, and were very good to their military buddies who they had employed. Through efficiency, teamwork, hard work ethic, and the right attitude they were able to succeed regardless of what the economy was doing.
It seems as if this could be a win-win for our economy if we would play our cards correctly. First we need to reduce the regulations on all businesses, and particularly on franchisors. By doing this we could have a rapid growth of small businesses, which typically employ some 75% of America’s workforce.
With all of those new people out working and paying into the system it would go a long way to preventing our federal government from over spending, provided they got their act together – and, it could help us solve our unemployment crisis.
Currently at 8 to 10% unemployment in our nation with the rare exceptions of places like North Dakota due to the oil boom, we cannot maintain our quality of life, legacy costs, health care system, education system, military, or any of the services that we rely upon from our government.
Perhaps we should be looking here, and although it isn’t an answer to all of our economic woes, it would go a long way to fixing some of the challenges we face. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.