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Why they fight [electronic resource] : combat motivation in the Iraq War / Leonard Wong [and others].

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Other Title:
Combat motivation in the Iraq War
JSTOR Security Studies.
Publication:
Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, [2003]
Format/Description:
Government document
Book
1 online resource
Subjects:
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Psychological aspects.
United States.
Iraq -- Armed Forces -- Unit cohesion.
Soldiers -- United States -- Attitudes.
Soldiers -- Iraq -- Attitudes.
Military morale -- United States.
Combat -- Psychological aspects.
Motivation (Psychology)
Iraq War (2003-2011)
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
System Details:
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
Summary:
With the recent lightning swift combat successes of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, there may be a tendency to view with awe the lethality of U.S. technology and training. The researchers, however, argue that the true strength of America's military might lies not in its hardware or high-tech equipment, but in its soldiers. Dr. Leonard Wong and his colleagues traveled to Iraq to see what motivated soldiers to continue in battle, to face extreme danger, and to risk their lives in accomplishing the mission. As a means of comparison, they began by interviewing Iraqi Regular Army prisoners of war to examine their combat motivation and unit dynamics. The researchers then interviewed U.S. combat troops fresh from the fields of battle to examine their views. What they found was that today's U.S. soldiers, much like soldiers of the past, fight for each other. Unit cohesion is alive and well in today's Army. Yet, Dr. Wong and his fellow researchers also found that soldiers cited ideological reasons such as liberation, freedom, and democracy as important factors in combat motivation. Today's soldiers trust each other, they trust their leaders, they trust the Army, and they also understand the moral dimensions of war. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the all-volunteer Army. This monograph is a celebration of the success of that radical idea and the transformation of the U.S. Army from a demoralized draft army, to a struggling all-volunteer force, to a truly professional Army.
Notes:
Title from title screen (viewed Aug. xx, 2003).
"July 2003."
Includes bibliographical references.
Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011.
Contributor:
Wong, Leonard.
Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
Other format:
Online version: Why they fight.
OCLC:
52881737
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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