Psychological factors contributing to selection success in infantry reconnaissance training : an exploratory study
Thesis (MCom)--Stellenbosch University, 2020.
ENGLISH SUMMARY : Operations during both war and peacetime require military personnel to be proficient in a wide range of skills, which calls for high physical and psychological stamina. Mental fitness plays a crucial role in helping soldiers adjust to occupational demands. The determinants and effects of an intensive military selection experience on a selected group of military practitioners were studied. This thesis presents the findings from a quantitative grounded research conducted with military personnel undergoing a reconnaissance selection and training programme. This research highlights the unique military training environment and psychological factors that contribute to coping with the challenging stressors posed by the dynamics of reconnaissance military selection and sebsequent training. The primary variables under research were psychological well-being, resilience, grit, and self-efficacy. An exploratory research design was used with a quantitative approach. Valid and reliable psychological assessments were used to collect data. These psychological assessments included Ryff's Scales of Psychological Well-Being, the Grit Scale, the Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale (GSES), the Resiliency Questionnaire for Adults. The sample of the study consisted of a total of 158 soldiers undergoing reconnaissance selection at Infantry School, who were assessed at the beginning of the selection period. The results indicate no significant differences between successful and unsuccessful reconnaissance candidates in their levels of perceived psychological well-being, grit, and resilience. However, there was a significant difference between their perceived levels of self-efficacy.
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