Military Prompts and Discussion Questions

As you think about posting on TRIBAL, here are some questions you can ask yourself. You can also use these ideas to create discussions.

  1. What keeps you up at night?
  2. Talk about the one person who influenced your decision to join the military.
  3. Who has had a big influence on you? What lessons did that person teach you?
  4. What do you feel most grateful for in your life?
  5. What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned in your current assignments that could help a service member coming behind you?
  6. What encouraging things do you remember about your very first assignment?
  7. What are you proudest of in your military career?
  8. How did you prepare your family for your first deployment?
  9. How has your military career been different than what you’d imagined when you made the decision to serve?
  10. How would you like to be remembered long after you’re gone?
  11. Do you have any regrets?
  12. What are your hopes for retirement?
  13. Is there anything you want your team to know about you that they likely don’t know? 
  14. What traits do you admire in other service members with whom you serve?
  15. Talk about the hardest thing you’ve ever done in the military.
  16. Besides your mom, who knows you best and why?
  17. Who is the most dependable person in your unit, and why do you think so?
  18. What was your worst assignment? What positive ways did you handle getting through it?
  19. What’s something you changed your mind about recently?
  20. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done for fun?
  21. How do you make a positive impact in your unit?
  22. Talk about the best project you ever worked on. 
  23. Why did you decide to join the military?
  24. What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you joined the military?
  25. What would you want your children to remember about you when they're grown?
  26. Do you prefer to donate time or money to those in need? Why?
  27. What is the best day of the year for you?
  28. What does your dream house look like?
  29. What is the greatest gift you have ever gotten, and what made it so great?
  30. What is the greatest mistake you’ve ever made?
  31. When did you first know you wanted to serve in the military?
  32. What is your greatest fear and why?
  33. What is your most deeply held belief?
  34. What small bit of advice would you give to someone just joining the military?
  35. What are you absolutely determined to accomplish in your current assignment?
  36. Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
  37. How do you relax after a hard day? 
  38. Where do you usually go when you have time off?
  39. What risks have you taken that were worth it?
  40. Who inspires you to be better?
  41. What do you have doubts about?
  42. What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned? 
  43. What challenging thing are you working through these days?
  44. Which of your scars has the best story behind it?
  45. What were some of the turning points in your life? 
  46. What are some personal rules you never break? 
  47. What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? 
  48. When was the last time you changed your opinion or belief about something major? 
  49. What are some events that made you who you are today?
  50. What do you think makes your leaders good ones in your opinion?
  51. Tell us a story of a leader who has impacted your life.
  52. Tell us about your hometown.
  53. Why is it important for leaders to be good listeners? 
  54. In what ways have you grown as a person this year? What/who has influenced you? And what have you learned?
  55. What can you do or change in your life to focus more on your health and wellbeing? Be honest.
  56. What do you think is the most unique thing about you? Do you keep it hidden or let it show? 
  57. What do you think is your biggest personal success? What about your biggest military success?
  58. What do you feel most grateful for in your life?
  59. What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned so far?
  60. What positive things do you remember about your very first assignment?
  61. What are you proudest of in your life?
  62. What are some personal rules you never break? 
  63. What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?
  64. What small gesture from a fellow service member had the biggest impact on you?
  65. When was the last time you changed your opinion about something major? 
  66. What are some events in your life that made you who you are today?
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