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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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The Future of Cohesion

The Future of Cohesion

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Anthony King

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the main conclusions of the book. It argues that the evidence from recent operations suggest the appearance of a new kind of professional cohesion. However, the chapter argues that this does not mean that there is no solidarity in the professional force or that relations between soldiers are not ones of intense emotion. The chapter argues on the contrary that, typically uniting around their drills, soldiers form ‘core’ groups which are very closely bonded and whose teamwork is essential to combat performance. The chapter considers the question of female accession to ground combat roles in the light of this new cohesion. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future lines of research, highlighting logistics, the reserves, and headquarters as potentially valuable subjects of investigation.

Keywords:   cohesion, core group, drills, emotion, female soldiers, future research

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