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Military environmental literacy in the South African army

dc.contributor.authorSmit, H. A. P.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Der Merwe, J. H.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-14T07:31:40Z
dc.date.available2018-12-14T07:31:40Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationSmit, H. A. P. & Van Der Merwe, J. H. 2017. Military environmental literacy in the South African army. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 46(1):59-77, doi:10.5787/46-1-1225
dc.identifier.issn2224-0020 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1022-8136 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5787/46-1-1225
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105274
dc.descriptionCITATION: Smit, H. A. P. & Van Der Merwe, J. H. 2017. Military environmental literacy in the South African army. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 46(1):59-77, doi:10.5787/46-1-1225.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za
dc.description.abstractTraditional military activities, such as fighting wars, are inherently destructive. Modern militaries undertake a diverse range of military activities, use large areas for military training and operational purposes, and are confronted with a global focus on environmentally responsible behaviour. These conditions compel militaries to ensure that soldiers display the correct attitude toward, behaviour in and knowledge about the diverse physical, social and cultural environments they occupy and on which they have an effect. Globally, and in South Africa, this is not only a moral obligation but a legal imperative too. The aim of this article is to report on the military environmental literacy (MEL) (attitude, behaviour and knowledge regarding the environment in which the military operate) of the members of the South African Army (SA Army). To achieve this aim, existing environmental questionnaires were evaluated to ascertain their suitability for use in an SA Army context. None of them was usable to appraise MEL in a SA Army context effectively. Consequently, an iterative process was initiated to develop a tailor-made, valid, reliable and organisation-specific questionnaire to assess MEL in the SA Army.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1225
dc.format.extent19 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)
dc.subjectTraditional military activitiesen_ZA
dc.titleMilitary environmental literacy in the South African armyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderStellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)


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