A Portrait of the Israeli Soldier

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1986 - History - 273 pages

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
xix
MILITARY SERVICE IN ISRAEL
28
WOMEN IN THE IDF
44
MOTIVATION FOR MILITARY SERVICE
56
THE SELECTION CLASSIFICATION AND PLACEMENT PROCESS
74
THE FIRST STEPS INDUCTION AND BASIC TRAINING
95
THE LEADERSHIP CORPS
113
THE FIGHTING SPIRIT
142
SENIOR LEADERSHIP
164
HEROISM THE ROOTS OF BRAVERY
188
BATTLE STRESS AND COMBAT REACTIONS
207
MILITARY NORMS AND ETHICS
229
FAULT LINES
244
BIBLIOGRAPHY
257
INDEX
267
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