By Gerhard KÃ¼mmel
The contributions to this anthology in honor of the past due army sociologist J??rgen Kuhlmann specialize in the soldier and his kin in the direction of the defense force and in the direction of society. This person - association and person - society nexus is explored from various angles by way of taking a look at diversified nationwide and overseas contexts. The chapters to this quantity therefore support the educational in addition to the practitioner and the reader to raised comprehend the dynamics and the serious concerns during this soldier - army - society triangle.
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In 2006 a contingent was deployed in Congo (EUFOR RD CONGO) and in the coastal waters of Lebanon (UNIFIL). These two latter missions are not included in the reflections of this paper as final research results on these missions are not (yet) available. Due to the extended mission spectrum and the increased number of international missions, the Bundeswehr is facing new and varied tasks. Also the actors within the Bundeswehr such as the soldiers themselves have to respond to the new demands. Their behavior and military identity have to adapt to the extended tasks and conditions of service.
Hours. During these long duty hours, however, it is often possible to do sports or go to the hairdresser in the camp. Through the ‘short distances’, the typical daily routines of ‘getting up – breakfast – lining up – duty – lunch – duty – supper – calling home – sports/ TV/recreational facilities – bedtime’ and all the familiar faces life in the camp can become very monotonous and dull in the long run. On top of this, as a rule, daily routines in a mission stay within very manageable limits. Mostly stress is ‘only’ caused by a high workload or negative news from home, but not by other usual stress factors such as traffic jams, queues at the checkout counter, nerve-wrecking letters from authorities or faulty washing machines.
The Commander reacted, also using informal means, by exploiting communication channels in the informal structure to get the cannon balls back. Rather than making an official complaint to the sub-unit commander, he got his message round by using his relationship of informal access with one of the clerks who worked in his headquarters. It is likely that the Commander deliberately chose this individual for the task because he knew he was also a barman in the sub-unit bar and therefore had a very good network of informal relationships and thus a quick and usable network of informal communications.
Armed Forces, Soldiers and Civil-Military Relations by Gerhard KÃ¼mmel