Accession Number : AD1038574

Title :   From Serpent to CEO: Improving First-Term Security Forces Airman Performance Through Neuroscience Education

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Cheatham, Michael J

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Report Date : 09 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 87

Abstract : United States Air Force Security Forces relies heavily on young adults and their ability to apply judgment while under threat. Security Forces assumes inherently greater risks than its civilian counterparts; it relies on a core population of young adults between 17 and 25 years old as primary first-contact sentries, patrolmen, and combat operators. Current research indicates the human brain requires at least 26 years to reach full maturation. The implementation of Defender's Edge, a mental health performance program specifically designed for Air Force Security Forces personnel, is significant to introducing neuroscience concepts into operations to mitigate resultant risks. However, a deeper understanding of neuroanatomical and physiological considerations affecting young adults would improve reflexive performance in judgment-dependent situations. Neuroscience education offers novel enhancements to training, operations, and Defender's Edge to reduce risk and increase cognitive performance abilities in young adults.

Descriptors :   threats , MENTAL HEALTH , air force personnel adults , cognition , human behavior , psychology , neurosciences , motivation , thinking , judgment , education , air force training , performance(human) , military police , military operations

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE