Mediating Stress in Army Training: The Trainer Is the Critical Component
Final rept. Sep 1988-Apr 1989
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Experimentally-based literature exists that has direct relevance to stress mediation and management in Army training. The contribution of stressors to risk in training can be removed or mediated with proper programs and instructor preparation. Confident and skilled instructors and supporting command leadership are critical to training. They must not be overstressed in order to serve as functional role models for those they are training. Command awareness and involvement in training are necessary to reduce unwanted stress in the training environment. The body of literature related to stress management and stress in military training and combat operations was reviewed for relevance to the HRHS SSG mission. The purpose was to provide the study group with a better understanding of the role stress plays in training. ARI researchers also provided design and data management consultation to the CATA staff officers assigned to plan, develop, and conduct all data collection, encoding, and analyses in support of the HRHS SSP as well. Keywords Stress psychology.