Accession Number : AD0478562


Title :   INCIDENTAL OBSERVATIONS GATHERED DURING RESEARCH IN COMBAT UNITS


Descriptive Note : Information rept.


Corporate Author : GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE


Personal Author(s) : Egbert, Robert L ; Katter, Robert V ; Greer, George D , Jr


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/478562.pdf


Report Date : 22 Oct 1953


Pagination or Media Count : 25


Abstract : In the course of interviewing 650 infantry men who had recently engaged in Korean combat large numbers of incidental observations were made. These observations are a by-product of one phase of another research project concerned with the characteristics of proven fighters. There are seven continuing problem conditions discussed in this report. They are: (1) many troops never become offense-minded; (2) at the squad and platoon levels, during crucial situations, leader-follower contacts sometimes unnecessarily fail; (3) the foot soldier often does not have a sufficient understanding of the on-going battle situation; (4) some troops have not been well-trained in problems specific to their particular combat situation; (5) squad members quite frequently do not know how much they can count on the men around them; (6) the weapon which inspires the most individual confidence is often not the weapon a man carries into combat; (7) breakdown in combat communications is sometimes paid for with unnecessary loss of life.


Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP , *PERSONALITY , MEASUREMENT , WARFARE , ARMY PERSONNEL , SOCIAL COMMUNICATION , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , SOUTH KOREA


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE