|1) I felt a wide array of deep emotions throughout training|
|2) My unit/platoon often failed tasks provided by my drill sergeant|
|3) I was rarely able to accomplish the given tasks on my own|
|4) I often second guess my decision of joining when I was being punished for someone else’s problem|
|5) The long hours of training caused me to lose motivation to complete training|
|6) Harsh physical conditions led me to lose my motivation to complete training|
|7) I used deep thought to escape the moment and seek relief from the suffering|
|8) Deep thought provided me relief from suffering|
|9) Past memories or future excitement provided me the motivation to finish|
|Question #||Agree||Disagree||Total Answers||% that Agree||% that Disagree|
The data provided by a survey I conducted provides quite a few conclusions about the mindset of soldiers who have completed basic training. The most important statistic provided is that 96% of soldiers who completed basic training thought about a past experience or future excitement as motivation to complete training. This number is so vital because that relates directly back to my thesis. Along with that, 93% of soldiers who participated in the survey said that they used some sort of deep thought to escape the reality throughout training. Even though 96% of soldiers thought about a happier time as motivation, only 89% of soldiers considered the experience to be an emotional experience. This implies that though most of them used thoughts about their family as motivation, not all of them felt that this caused any emotional feelings. Statement number three was most disagreed with having a 32% disagreement rate. Statement four on the other hand, only had a 14% disagreement rate. This is shocking in that it shows while only 68% of soldiers thought they themselves were having a tough time completing tasks, 86% of soldiers second guessed their decision of joining because they were being punished for someone else’s mistake. This is very important in terms of a soldiers motivation because it can be very difficult to attempt to overcome something that cannot even be fixed. Probably being one of the toughest test for resiliency, soldiers had to find a way to build the motivation to get through training while suffering consequences for mistakes they had not control over.
The data provided to me by these soldiers was a crucial aspect of my thesis. Having these soldiers share their mental experience of training allowed me to find commonalities throughout the mindset of a soldier. This information was so crucial because we all shared a very similar experience. While our drill sergeants and fellow recruits may have been different, the training doctrine was still the same. This provided the perfect environment to question the mental state of those who have successfully completed the training.
Conducted by Colin J Cox