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Language and Culture There are many who would say much about language and culture Some might even say that the two are intertwined There is ample evidence that language determines a culture However some would save that language does not determine culture My personal belief is that the use of the language determines the culture One such place to find this evidence would be in any branch of the United States armed forces Every day military culture includes a vast variety of ways to make the language shorter and quicker Military acronyms range from branch name to procedures to names of people places or things Take in account the very names of the services USN United States Navy USA United States Army USMC United States Marine Corps USAF United States Air Force USCG United States Coast Guard and USMM United States Merchant Marines All of these services can be identified by a three or four letter acronym To shorten the link of speech in writing there are many military acronyms that represent phrases of words Some of these acronyms include SAM Surface-to-Air-Missile AWOL Away WithOut Leave SAW Squad Automatic Weapon and AFRCC Air Force Rescue Control Center In addition to acronyms words are broken down and made into compound words Some examples are FITCOM Fighter Command DefCon Defense Condition and FTTEX Fire Team Training Exercise All of these examples are ways to make the language of the military shorter more precise and quicker The shorthand language makes the military culture more rigid and strict in its everyday use The end result of all this strictness and swiftness is the two basic cultures of the military NCO-Non-Commissioned Officer and Officer-life The NCO Culture is rude and crude yet It is still refined The NCO is the man or woman on the front lines of the battlefield where women are not allowed and in training These leaders must at times use harsh language to get their
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