By Gerhard Kümmel, Giuseppe Caforio, Christopher Dandeker
The contributions to this anthology in honor of the past due army sociologist Jürgen Kuhlmann specialize in the soldier and his relatives in the direction of the militia and in the direction of society. This person - association and person - society nexus is explored from various angles via diversified nationwide and foreign contexts. The chapters to this quantity hence aid the tutorial in addition to the practitioner and the reader to higher comprehend the dynamics and the serious concerns during this soldier - army - society triangle.
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On top of this, as a rule, daily routines in a mission stay within very manageable limits. Mostly stress is ‘only’ caused by a high workload or negative news from home, but not by other usual stress factors such as traffic jams, queues at the checkout counter, nerve-wrecking letters from authorities or faulty washing machines. Peacekeepers have to manage other permanent, but often suppressed strains: latent danger of mines and bombing attacks, extreme climate conditions in summer as well as in winter, high rates of dust pollution, multiperson accommodation, lack of privacy, separation from home and the family, monotonous and highly regulated camp life, contact with the same persons over and over again as well as the necessity, day in, day out, to wear 42 uniform/heavy boots and to carry the P8 pistol/the G36 rifle.
It is not that he was fickle, but rather that he was perfectly in tune with the organizational culture. Similarly, the fact that his behavior was seen and understood as a joke indicates that everybody else involved was at home with his behavior as well. 2 An Unloved Junior Officer A certain subaltern was highly proficient and had considerable personal courage. However, he was privately criticized by some of the soldiers under his command for ordering them to follow him into unnecessarily risky situations on operations.
Back home, the troops emphasize their affiliation with a specific contingent, a EUFOR, KFOR or ISAF unit when talking to their fellow-soldiers. As I have shown above, most social contacts during a mission are cultivated among the troops; a good and close comradeship is an important factor during any deployment. The troops must know that they can trust their fellow-soldiers blindly in case of an emergency. Moreover, the fellow-soldiers are important persons to talk to in theater and may offer social support far away from home.
Armed Forces, Soldiers and Civil-Military Relations: Essays in Honor of Jürgen Kuhlmann by Gerhard Kümmel, Giuseppe Caforio, Christopher Dandeker