Accession Number:

ADA513812

Title:

Camouflaged Emotions -- Stoicism in the Military

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-02-20

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

Stoicism in the military is deep rooted. The very strict rules and discipline of the military mold soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines into stubborn, bold figures who are ready to face any critical situation. One of the most important advantages of stoicism is this readiness to face critical situations the greatest disadvantage of stoicism is the breakdown of morality. Stoics camouflage their emotions, and they gradually gain mastery over their natural passions and emotions. Hierarchical order contributes to stoicism as well. Unfortunately, stoicism has contributed to many soldiers rough behavior toward war prisoners and lapses in humanitarian behavior in general. The author contends that the military should implement mandatory ethical training to prevent the potentially grave consequences caused by stoicism and the breakdown of morality.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE