The Stigma of Weakness

The head of the Army’s mental health engagement team has called on the chain of command to better recognise that “vulnerability is not a failure”. Colonel Tim Boughton said more should be done to tackle the stigma that admitting to difficulties is to show weakness. Arguing that physical fitness is indivisible from mental fitness, the… Read More

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What is Military Necessity?

“Military necessity justifies a resort all the measures which are indispensable for securing this object and which are not forbidden by the modern laws and customs of war.” (US Army, 1914, p.14). What military necessity admits of (General Order 100, 1864, Article 16): Military necessity admits of all direct destruction of life or limb of… Read More

The Unwritten Rules of War (1914)

In addition to the written rules there exist certain other well-recognised usages and customs that have developed into, and have become recognised as, rules of warfare. These usages and customs are still in process of development. The development of the laws and usages of war is determined by three principles (US Army, 1914, p.14): First,… Read More

The Written Rules of War (1914)

The conduct of war is regulated by certain well-established and recognised rules that are usually designated as “the laws of war,” which comprise the rules, both written and unwritten, for the carrying on of war, both on land and at sea. During the past 50 years many of these rules have been reduced to writing… Read More

5 Lessons You Could Probably Learn from Military College Students

An article by Alyssa Johnson. Getting into college is very challenging, but getting into the military is a lot harder, and not everyone dares to be in the military. However, some college students still aim to get into the military because it offers them a lot of advantages over the traditional boarding school. People with… Read More

A Unique Case? Group Behaviour in the Military

Research Paper Title Group behavior in the military may provide a unique case. Abstract The optimal functioning of male coalitionary behaviour in a military context may run contrary to some of the arguments about the importance of individual differentiation in Baumeister et al. Incentives become institutionally inverted within military contexts. Because the history of combat… Read More

Does Military Rank Affects Hormone Levels & Fairness in an Allocation Experiment?

Research Paper Title Pulling Rank: Military Rank Affects Hormone Levels and Fairness in an Allocation Experiment. Background Status within social hierarchies has great effects on the lives of socially organised mammals. Its effects on human behaviour and related physiology, however, is relatively little studied. Methods The present study investigated the impact of military rank on… Read More