A Portrait of the Israeli Soldier

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1986 - History - 273 pages
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No army in the Middle East has been as written about in English as has Israel's, yet this book actually says something new. Reuven Gal, former chief psychologist of the IDF, looks at the influences on the Israeli soldier and their impact on the IDF's performance. He is able to deal with issues such as motivation and camaraderie, leadership and heroism from a human viewpoint. . . . a detailed assembly of data such as this one is welcome, and the sociological-psychological jargon is kept at a minimum. This is neither hagiography nor psychobabble, and it contains a great deal of detail. Middle East Journal

 

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Contents

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
1
MILITARY SERVICE IN ISRAEL
30
WOMEN IN THE IDF
46
MOTIVATION FOR MILITARY SERVICE
58
THE SELECTION CLASSIFICATION AND PLACEMENT PROCESS
76
THE FIRST STEPS INDUCTION AND BASIC TRAINING
97
THE LEADERSHIP CORPS
115
THE FIGHTING SPIRIT
143
SENIOR LEADERSHIP
166
HEROISM THE ROOTS OF BRAVERY
190
BATTLE STRESS AND COMBAT REACTIONS
209
MILITARY NORMS AND ETHICS
231
FAULT LINES
246
BIBLIOGRAPHY
259
INDEX
269
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