The Concept of Discipline in the Soviet Armed Forces: A Paradox for the New Soviet Man.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis is an examination of discipline in the Soviet armed forces. A review of the historical development of the concept of discipline reveals an interesting paradox. Throughout Russian and Soviet history there is a consistent pattern to rely on physical punishment to impose discipline that continues to the present day. This is in contrast to regulations and reforms seemingly designed to limit the use of physical punishments for disciplinary purposes. The reliance on punishment is in further contrast to the successful methods employed by Alexander Suvorov to impose discipline. The examination of discipline in the Soviet armed forces also reveals a second paraodx. This paradox arises due to the Soviet Marxist-Leninist insistence for quantification to provide scientific solutions, while discipline is recognized as an unquantifiable morale factor of war. An examination of current disciplinary problems in the Soviet armed forces highlights this point. Keywords Dialectics Cybernetics.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics