Rotation Period and Recuperation Time in Peacekeeping Operations
ROYAL NETHERLANDS ARMY THE HAGUE
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I am Major Rik Bergman. I work as a psychologist with the Behavioral Sciences Division of the Royal Netherlands Army. Military behavioral scientists have become such a fixture in the Royal Netherlands Army since 1973, it is difficult to think of the army without them. 1973 was the year when the Military Psychological and Social Service was founded. At the moment this unit comprises approximately 50 officers, ranging in rank from first lieutenant to major general. These officers work in the following domains selection, social scientific research, leadership training and skills, guidance and advice for organizational units, teaching, individual assistance, personnel care and management. The Behavioral Sciences Division supports the objectives of the Royal Netherlands Army and the Royal Military Police by means of behavioral science research and advice. Besides initiating and carrying out psychological, sociological, educational and ergonomic research for personnel policy purposes and operational deployability, the division also has a monitoring function within the army and supports major projects. The division also supervises studies which have been subcontracted to external research agencies. The division employs a number of civilian behavioral scientists besides officers of the Military Psychological and Sociological Service. For those of you who are interested, after my talk I have a brochure for you about the role of military behavioral scientists in the Royal Netherlands Army in English and in German.