Psychological preparedness, combat performance and resilience

Authored by: Rajbir Singh , Lokesh Gupta

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946

10.4324/9781315666716.ch37

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Abstract

Combat is cardinal to all military activities, and a positive outcome (combat success) is thus the desired goal. The present-day scenario has witnessed several events including changes in the political order from World War II onwards and up to very recent times, the end of the cold war, surges in technology, expanding economic ventures that have changed the need and role of militaries. Interventions far from the borders turn into cross-national conflicts, and even reorganization and restoration of political order, etc. are posing new challenges for combat preparedness in alien territories or in native borders, which tend to be quite often long term. Thus, a new orientation to applications of psychology in a military context that focuses upon the soldiers’ traits and motivation is imperative.

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