Understanding the psychology of a US military veteran


Psychology is a science that deals with mind and mind games. Once you start to understand the way the mind works, you can articulate it to get better results and then, psychology becomes an art as well.

The human mind works in a very interesting manner and lots of interesting research is being continuously done in order to understand it. Every day, something new about brain patterns and thought processes is discovered which is then researched and the results are used to make our life better.

If you would like to read more about it then there is an abandoned source of information available on the internet on this subject. You can search around and get almost everything that you require. In this article, we are going to specifically look into the mind of a US military veteran.

The psychology of a US military veteran

We are talking about a person who had a life before joining the military, he served the military all his life and he is presently living a post-retirement life. So we can broadly divide his life into three main important phases – the pre-military life, the military life and the post-military life.

There are different situations that can be discussed here. His willingness to join the military and the situation and the circumstances in which he joined the military are important here. If he has joined the military with his own will and passion then his mindset will be different and if he has to join the military for any other reasons, probably because of the circumstances are not really his consent, then we are going to treat the situation differently.

In the first scenario, it is quite understandable that people get inspired by Military Man, their uniform and the personality and hence they want to join the military. In the second situation, the joining may be due to personal reasons,  probably the father or the family is connected with the military and they want their children to follow the footsteps or due to an opportunity or circumstances that led him to the military.

In the first case, he is likely to live a normal life as a civilian after he retired from the military. In the second, it would basically depend on what military life has taught him and he has learned as per his own potential and learning ability.

The second phase of life is the military life itself.  Here, the person who served the military what learn from its service and experience that he has had. An important point here is that the two people might face the same circumstances or experience but how they treat it and what they are able to learn from it basically depends on their own way of thinking, which is indirectly related to their upbringing and family background.

In any case, a good experience is counted as good and a forgettable or hard experience is counted as negative. In other cases, a military man is going to learn some basic principles of valuing the time, valuing life, valuing the service, the value of discipline value of obedience and act of Management and how to be a leader. He also faces situations of emergency when he has to fight and depending on his own experience, he would learn how to survive in life is different and difficult situations.

Finally, some hard experiences like an injury scene, others getting injured or even more deadly consequences; those memories and their analysis would have a great impact on his life. These are some of the major dominant situations that will affect his psychology and the way he would think for the rest of his life, even after his service is over.

In the final phase of his life, when he retires, the challenges that he would face is to get him back to normal life. Military life is full of discipline and it is a big challenge to adapt him into a routine indiscipline life which is more casual and more liberal.

Again, the way he treats the situation would depend on his own upbringing and his present family status. If he has been a family man all his life, he has done all the things that are required to handle and manage and run a successful family, then he is more likely to adapt himself to this new life. On the other hand, if he does not have a family or not really a successful family, then he is likely to face more challenges.

He has to deal with loneliness and adaptability. He also has to deal with sadness and depression that is basically an outcome of frustration and loneliness. Depending on the circumstances, the situation has to be analyzed and he has to look out for the scope of improvement.


It is advised to value your Military Service and experience and use it for the Welfare of the society. The people who have seen war know best about peace and those who have seen loneliness value family best. They have a lot remained in them and they should utilize their resources in the best possible way for the benefit of society.

We hope that this information would be helpful in judging a military man and understanding a bit about his way of thinking. The mind is limitless and it is not possible to examine each and every aspect of it.

However, broadly speaking, we can expect these kinds of Mind traits and thought patterns that have been discussed in this article. We do believe that these inputs would be helpful for you for analyzing the situation of a US veteran military man and if you are dealing with someone like this, or if you are the one yourself, then you have to take certain measures to understand the mind and that would ultimately help you in facing this new challenge of your life.


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