The Effects of Stress on the Military: How Soldiers Are Being Better Prepared

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The Effects of Stress in the Military:
How Soldiers are Being Better Prepared
Bethel College

Author Note
This paper was prepared for Psychology 182 and English 101, taught by Dr. Carlson and Dr. Davis. Also, for the use as an example writing for Tj.
Those who risk their lives every day are bound to be under stress. From performance-based consequences such as marksmanship, firing rate, and positioning to the physiological and psychological aftermath of war-induced stress, members of the militaries around the world have suffered. With ever-changing war strategies, soldiers face foreign stressors that can only be found on the battlefield. It is now a priority to address the natural responses to these stressors by
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The psychological concept of stress is not concrete because, like the wind stress is intangible. It cannot be touched, but we know it exists. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, stress is “a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.” Stress is defined in soldier’s lives. Stressors that may potentially become harmful in the future need to be treated with various therapy options to prevent a long-term harmful effect. Training soldiers is necessary. Intense training decreases initial stress levels decrease in “live” scenarios. Stress may be thought to affect soldiers’ performance which includes marksmanship. Under duress, soldiers need to be able to out-perform the enemy. To be able to withstand stressors can mean the difference between life and death. A study by Hancock and Szalma (2008), showed that across the board, testosterone levels increased while stress levels decreased during performance exercises. In the same study, it was found that “[Soldiers] can tolerate high levels of either overload or under load without substantial change in performance” (Hancock et al., 2008, p. 6). Being able to endure large amounts of stress and still perform well is highly valued in a combatant. This type of a combatant has been trained well enough to withstand stress and be able to perform well because of it. Many believe that the overabundance of stressors leads to disastrous consequences for soldiers. Post

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