On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
Added on -2019-09-23
The book highlights the impact of killing individuals during War of soldiers. The author has confirmed, that a personal price is paid by the soldiers engaged even though they have permission and motive to kill. The soldiers kill in War to defend their life and to obey the orders from their officers. The book overall has offered several real life examples and statistics that reveal several aspects of soldiers and their affect to society.
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ON KILLING: THEPSYCHOLOGICAL COSTOF LEARNING TO KILL INWAR AND SOCIETY[DATE]
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and SocietyPurposeIn this book, the author wants to highlight the notions of a soldier, that how they feel when they are engaged in a war. The book is focused on SLA Marshall’s observations and studies at the time of World War II, which depicted that most of the soldiers who were engaged in the world war were reluctant to fire their weapons and ammunition owing to their innate attributes, which resisted them to perform the same. By critically analyzing these observations and statistics, the military introduced new training parameters and methodologies which broke the shackles of resistance, and the firing rate was increased by 90%, as these statistics were obtained during Vietnam War. The soldiers engaged in War suffers from psychological effects and impacts if they are not properly explained the purpose of killing.SummaryThe extensive research done by the author highlights the impact of killing individuals during War of soldiers. He has confirmed, that a personal price is paid by the soldiers engaged even though they have permission and motive to kill. The soldiers kill in War to defend their life and to obey the orders from their officers. A review and analysis were done by SLA Marshall, who interviewed numerous soldiers and asked them regarding their role and experience in the War. The statistics obtained from these interviews that only 15 – 20% of the soldiers fired at the enemy. On the basis of data obtained, Marshall concluded that a healthy person at times could deviate from killing another fellow men, which means that the soldier has deviated from its role and responsibility. The statistics after training and exercise from military professional increased to several folds as evident from Korean War and Vietnam War. The language used to describe the War conditions depicts the mental notions of soldiers as if they are programmed to kill the enemy. Although the exercise and training have helped soldiers to have no feelings and Page | 1
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