Defence and Security

Of soldiers’ morale and mind games

Dec 19, 2016
By Lt Gen Raj Sujlana (retd)
Of all the dimensions of modern warfare, the “battle of the mind” takes precedence. If we cannot win the challenge this poses, all other dimensions that support warfare like technology, armaments, strategy, tactics, will have a limited effect. In the final analysis, a positive mind is an imperative that will drive the brawn to do the unachievable. The mind plays a dominant role over morale, the most important battle-winning factor. A positive mind will lead to high morale. Morale is built over a long process by inculcating soldierly traits through holistic training. From this, a soldier imbibes confidence in himself, his physical prowess, ability to effectively handle weapons and develop intense camaraderie. He is motivated and strengthened psychologically by battle-worthy wherewithal and sound military leadership at all levels. 
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The Tribune, December 19, 2016

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