“Critical thinking, as defined by the Foundation for Critical Thinking, is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skill fully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, re flection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.”
According to the Army Handbook for Self Development:
"Critical thinking involves questioning what you see, hear, read, or experience. Critical thinking requires you to analyze, compare, contrast, make inferences and predictions, evaluate the strength of evidence, and draw conclusions. Critical thinking also requires the self-discipline to use reason and avoid impulsive conclusions." finally my own understanding :
Critical thinking involves evaluating a situation, problem, or argument and choosing a path of investigation that leads to the best possible answers based on logic, common sense, facts and clear evidence and not our own personal feelings or biasm.
As a team leader in the United States army I realized that there is multiple ways to accomplish a mission the only difference is some will come with a higher cost than others. Especially during my deployments. My ability to set my personal feelings a side and assess the situation rationally using the above defined critical thinking skill helped me accomplish my mission and insure the safety of my soldiers.
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US ARMY. (n.d.). Army Handbook for Self-Development. Retrieved August 28, 2014, from https://www.us.army.mil/suite/doc/36983536
Darius, thank you for your reply .In the enlisted side of the army we are taught critical thinking through a series of structured self-development classes (SSD) which is a self-paced online classes and through multiple