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FrontlineCombat and Cohesion in Twenty-First Century$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719663

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719663.001.0001

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Of FOBs and Families

Of FOBs and Families

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Leonard Wong

Stephen Gerras

Oxford University Press

The chapter examines the role of the family on combat soldier cohesion. After a review of the combat cohesion literature, the chapter describes a relatively recent development in the Western way of waging war—the use of forward operating bases (FOBs). FOBs minimize many of the traditional causes of apprehension and stress and thus can modify the role of cohesion as a counterweight to anxiety and fear. FOBs also often provide the technology to permit the introduction of the family as a more salient variable in the development of cohesion. The chapter concludes with an examination of how cohesion as demonstrated by today’s professional Western forces may differ from armies in the twentieth century due to the influence of the family.

Keywords:   FOB, cohesion, family, fear, stress

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