What They Didn't Teach at the Academy: Topics, Stories, and Reality beyond the Classroom, 1st Edition

  • Dale L. June
  • Published By: CRC Press
  • ISBN-10: 1439869219
  • ISBN-13: 9781439869215
  • DDC: 363.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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While professional courses and how-to manuals can prepare us for expected events that will occur in the course of our careers, there remains an untapped reservoir of life experience that cannot be prepared for in training or study. These events and experiences give texture and meaning to our work and shape our character. Filled with stories of courage and inspiration, What They Didn't Teach at the Academy: Topics, Stories, and Reality Beyond the Classroom looks at experiences encountered by public safety and military professionals that were not necessarily encompassed in their training or realistically portrayed in simulations.

The book also examines coping mechanisms for stress and discusses the importance of observation, perception, and communication in facing challenging encounters. Through this collection of vignettes and philosophies, the contributors demonstrate that the lessons of life are not taught in colleges, universities, and academies but through hard experience.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Cover.
In Special Remembrance.
About the Editor.
Hard-Knock Lessons.
1: The Final Educational Degree: Life.
2: Watch Out for Bees: They Can Ruin Your Career.
3: Torch of Intuition, Flames of Preparation: Safely Lighting Your Way through Traveling's Uncertainties.
4: Don't Outrun Your Headlights … or Your Guardian Angel.
5: Suicide.
6: Suicide by Cop: Victims from Both Sides of the Badge.
7: Time and Attitude.
8: (Not) One of the Guys.
9: It's Not about the Belt: Martial Arts Spirituality—Body, Mind, and Spirit.
10: Life Lesson Experience.
11: Tough Love: The Overpowering Addiction of Cocaine.
12: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
General Life Lessons.
13: Combat Psychology and Sports Performance.
14: Observation, Listening, and Perception.
15: The Importance of Effective Communication.
16: My Life or His: Shoot or Don't Shoot.
17: Cultural Pluralism.
18: Life Is Situational.
19: K-9 Partners: True Stories.
20: Conflict of Time, Priorities, and Family.
21: Marriage and Conflict.
22: The Need for Ethics.
23: Women Who Bully.
Humorous Lessons.
24: The Fifty-Miles-an-Hour Parking Ticket.
25: Lessons in Life: The Mom Keaner Story.
26: I Knew You Were Federal Agents.
27: April Fools, Motherf___ers.
28: Mentis Incompitus (Tripped up by Bad Planning).
Patriotic and Immigration Lessons.
29: Interpreting the Meaning of the Gettysburg Address.
30: The Golden Door.
31: The New Colossus: What It Means to Me.
Ideology and Philosophy.
32: Don't Be Afraid; Listen to and Use Your Intuition.
33: What I Should Know about Islam: A Basic Primer.
34: Ideology and Philosophy.
35: A Look to the Future through Today's Prism.