COMBAT BEHAVIOUR: THE ROLE OF THE REGIMENTAL SYSTEM

Authors
  1. Kellett, N.A.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
It assesses the ways in which the regimental system influences combat behaviour. It first examines the origin and development of the Commonwealth-style regimental system, some of its characteristics, and some of the myths associated with it. Next, it examines combat motivation in general, in order to put the behavioural implications of the regimental system into a broader context. And finally, it assesses some of the means by which the soldier's motivation and behaviour is influenced by the organizational structure and social psychological dimensions of the regimental system. It addresses such aspects of the system as esprit de corps, social stability and cohesion, ideological legitimation, and so on, as well as some of the ways in which the regimental system has a negative influence on behaviour and effectiveness.
Report Number
ORAE-M-124 — Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jul 1986
Number of Pages
40
DSTKIM No
95-01970
CANDIS No
146861
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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