Challenges in transitioning from civil to military culture: Hyper-selective disclosure through ICTs

Bryan Dosono, Yasmeen Rashidi, Taslima Akter, Bryan Semaan, Apu Kapadia

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A critical element for a successful transition is the ability to disclose, or make known, one's struggles. We explore the transition disclosure practices of Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) students who are transitioning from an individualistic culture to one that is highly collective. As ROTC students routinely evaluate their peers through a ranking system, the act of disclosure may impact a student's ability to secure limited opportunities within the military upon graduation. Through a qualitative interview study of active ROTC students (N=14) examining how they use information communication technologies (ICTs) to disclose their struggles in a hyper-competitive environment, we find they engage in a process of highly selective disclosure, choosing different groups with which to disclose based on the types of issues they face. We share implications for designing ICTs that better facilitate how ROTC students cope with personal challenges during their formative transition into the military.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number41
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Issue numberCSCW
StatePublished - Nov 2017


  • Disclosure
  • Disruption
  • ICTs
  • Military
  • Privacy
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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