Accession Number : ADA288757

Title :   Attitudes Toward Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Among U.S. Infantry Soldiers Deployed to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,

Corporate Author : WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Vaitkus, Mark A. ; Bartone, Paul T.

PDF Url : ADA288757

Report Date : JUL 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : This paper reports survey findings from 171 members of the 6-502d Infantry who had just returned to Berlin from their deployment to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in support of Operation Able Sentry (January 1994). The focus is on those items related to attitudes about peacekeeping and serving with the United Nations as part of a multinational force. Although we hypothesized that their essentially "constabulary role" in Berlin would lead to attitudes more consistent with peacekeeping duty than those expressed by airborne and light infantry soldiers returning from previous peacekeeping assignments, the data did not show such differences. Like their counterparts in earlier operations, about half of the 6-502d soldiers questioned the appropriateness of the mission for their unit. At the same time, however, more than two-thirds recognized the importance of specialized peacekeeping training prior to taking up their border positions. Furthermore, the vast majority felt the battalion was well-trained for the mission, completed the mission successfully, and had no difficulties serving under a U.N. commander. A "professional ethic" was clearly more prevalent than a "constabulary" one.

Descriptors :   *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY OPERATIONS, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ARMY TRAINING, AIRBORNE, SURVEYS, MISSIONS, INFANTRY PERSONNEL, UNITED NATIONS, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, BERLIN, YUGOSLAVIA.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE