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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Army Basic Training: Weeding Out the Weak

Basic training serves to weed out those who cannot increase their fitness, those who are weak-willed, and individuals who cannot act as part of a team. I first set out a very idealistic description of such training. Despite the theoretical effectiveness of Army training, gaps exist in the applied process. Some are a result of societal and political pressure on the Army.


Stress Builds Mental Endurance
Tackling Problems: Command Tasks
Gaps in the Sieve

I have lots of text prepared from 2003 (like this text was), which I will be gradually marking up... and am excitedly working on pages on Religion in the British Army, which will be pretty interesting, especially when I get on to the more esoteric stuff (which I won't be properly releasing for over a year, for political reasons).

Out here without the military library in Wegberg, and other resources, I am finding it impossible to find any reputable text on the psychology of Army training and on the sociology of army life, can anyone recommend anything?

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None at all, but I'd be interested to see comparative studies of boot-camp, religious indoctrination and brainwashing.

(That sounds harsh, but speaking as someone who's been through one of the above, I can imagine I'd have made quite a good basic trainee.)

Heh! Reading your description, I realise I spoke too soon. Physical stamina, check. Cooperativeness and teamwork, check. Mental stamina and resilience... no idea, sugar.

http://www.dpjs.co.uk/cultcontrol.html contains the text that I'd plunder for such a write-up... although I'd take the chance to rewrite it...

Yeah, of course the training techniques are similar... I will later write a page on army basic /in general/ that will explicitly draw these comparions.

You'd have been an awesome trainee, I'm sure, but I'm afraid you'd be massively dissilussioned by the actual workings and daily routine of the army! So much slak, non-caring, sloppiness, etc... it's no wonder that the officers feel the need to introduce ever-tighter legislation to try and get people to do things properly!

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