Chris Allen

Chris Allen

Chris Allen is a counselor and an Army Officer. He is passionate about developing counseling practices that best address Veterans and their families. Blog posts and comments are not representative of the Army or Department of Defense.

  • The "So What" Factor, Part Two

    Mar 22, 2011
    In this week’s blog, we will explore sub-cultural challenges. I planned on covering transition from military service to private industry employment, the Veteran market, and partnership potential but realized early on that a cultural perspective needs to be explored first. I will answer some of the questions posed in my last blog in the next blog.
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  • The “So What” Factor

    Mar 15, 2011
    Ah yes, we are here to look at the “BLUF.” So, now is my chance to “dumb it down for you.” ……..The quotes I just used, did you find the first confusing and the second possibly offensive? What were your initial reactions? I’ll bet they weren’t positive? People in the military use these phrases and many others like them all the time. “BLUF” = Bottom Line up Front. “Dumb it down for you” = Let me attempt to simplify something you might not be aware of. This particular phrase isn’t meant to demean anyone but can if the person on the other end does not have a solid grasp of the military subculture.
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  • Something Different

    Mar 08, 2011
    I was struggling this morning to figure out what I wanted to write for my first blog. Like most of us, I decided to procrastinate. Often when I intentionally delay a project, I will read something that’s intended to stir the thought process. Usually the process works, and I decided subconsciously to open up the latest copy of Stars and Stripes, Volume 8 # 328 dated 06MAR11.
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