By Gerhard Kümmel, Giuseppe Caforio, Christopher Dandeker
The contributions to this anthology in honor of the overdue army sociologist Jürgen Kuhlmann specialise in the soldier and his family members in the direction of the militia and in the direction of society. This person - association and person - society nexus is explored from assorted angles by means of diversified nationwide and overseas contexts. The chapters to this quantity therefore aid the tutorial in addition to the practitioner and the reader to raised comprehend the dynamics and the serious matters during this soldier - army - society triangle.
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They learn the local language only rudimentarily, if at all, and integrate themselves only rarely into the host society. Most soldiers’ only have social contacts with their peers. Due to present-day modern communication technologies enabling fast, cheap and close contacts with family and friends at home, the necessity of a social integration into the society of the host country, which was already very low within this group, is reduced even more. These factors play a decisive role in determining the form and bonds of the expatriate communities and their experience abroad.
The strains put on the troops on deployment, such as the separation from their families, potential dangers, longer duty hours, the lack of free weekends, and the permanent dress code also after duty binds the troops together. Forming a corporate identity helps to overcome difficulties on the ground and the separation from home. An example of the corporate identity that evolves during a deployment abroad are minor changes of the uniform, mostly contrary to the regulations, which would not be allowed in Germany.
In the same way, the use of the color red by the red battery was a strong expression of, and focus for, identity. The sudden switch of what seemed to be ingrained loyalty and identity in the promoted warrant officer would seem somewhat unexpected on an individual level, but is easily understood with reference to the model: the blue battery was now the right focus for his loyalty and a source of identity for him (as its Sergeant Major) and he embraced it whole-heartedly. It is not that he was fickle, but rather that he was perfectly in tune with the organizational culture.
Armed Forces, Soldiers and Civil-Military Relations: Essays in Honor of Jürgen Kuhlmann by Gerhard Kümmel, Giuseppe Caforio, Christopher Dandeker