Respect for Results
The United States Military is arguably the most lethal and effective organization in the world, capable of completing a wide variety of tasks. Those who serve require unique skills that can only be forged through complete mental and physical breakdown which is crucial to mold an effective soldier.This breakdown is hell, with an abundance of harsh treatment and belittlement, yet through this experience, some of the most confident and prideful people within the United States are conceived. From outside, it looks as though the recruit is beat down until all emotion is gone. Only a soldier can understand that this is not the reality. A recruit is beat down to an extent that only those with a strong will can survive. A world of hate and negativity motivates the recruit to build extesnive positive emotions about the future to get through the seemingly hopeless present.
1. A study that I have conducted
I would like to conduct a study of several soldiers who have gone through basic training to assess their thoughts on the experience. The study will ask questions about their stress level, thoughts about the situation, their personal ways of coping with the stress, what it was that got them through the high stress situation, how positive/negative their mindset was throughout their training period, and a few more .
2. Bornmann, J. W. (2009). Becoming soldiers: Army basic training and the negotiation of identity (Order No. 3349632). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304880565). Retrieved from http://ezproxy.rowan.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/304880565?accountid=13605
It is hard for outsiders to grasp the challenge recruits face while going through Basic Combat Training. So to be able to accurately study it, John W. Bornmann joined the United States Army to get firsthand experience as a recruit. While being able to witness everything with his own eyes, common misconceptions about the military’s training programs were clarified.
3. Davis, T. W. (2006). Effects of stress, coping style, and confidence on basic combat training performance, discipline, and attrition (Order No. 3207963). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304960885). Retrieved from http://ezproxy.rowan.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/304960885?accountid=13605
A general survey was conducted to help better understand how recruits cope with problems they face. Between high stress levels, coping mechanisms and anxiety, recruits feel a wide variety of emotion. Getting to the bottom of it is crucial to understanding how military training works
4. Hayden, Joanna. “Self-Efficacy Theory.” Introduction to Health Behavior Theory. Second ed. Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2014. 14-21. Print.
The theory of self-efficacy is explained as the belief of one’s own ability to successfully accomplish something”. “Efficacious people set challenging goals and maintain strong commitment to them.”
5. Personal Experience
I would like to use my experience as a soldier in the United States Army to explain how the psychological distress that I went through during Basic Combat Training brought actually brought out the positive mindset needed to graduate as a Soldier.