Enduring Military Boredom: From 1750 to the Present by Bård Mæland, Paul Otto Brunstad (auth.)

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She concludes thus: ‘Firstly, boredom is especially connected to peacekeeping operations, but also to combat situations; secondly, boredom may be especially dangerous to the successful completion of peacekeeping missions, along with lack of clear definition of responsibilities or lack of relevant training, and, thirdly, some stress may maintain vigilance and reduce boredom’ (Kavanagh, 2005, pp. xi, xii, 7, 8, and 21). So, President Truman may here be an exception to what other citizens of Western states relate about returning from peacekeeping deployments.

The Second World War Nurturing vigilance by making tiny matters big On the website of Time Capsule, one Second World War veteran called ‘Ted’ explains how, as a young British boy during the war, he yearned to take part in what he foolishly thought to be an adventure. So he volunteered for the Royal Navy at the age of 17, but was not called up until just after having reached the age of 18. When the call-up came, he was ‘overjoyed at receiving the long awaited notice’ and arrived at the Chatham Royal Naval Barracks some time after, full of enthusiasm.

Our routine for almost 7 months has not helped the situation. ) Our recreation consists of a few hours a month in the jungle. ) We seldom get a night’s sleep. The only thing we see is, glaring ocean, thick green jungle and tropical rain storms. (pp. 41f) The ambivalence of the ritual of routines is thus strongly ambivalent: it may reinforce order, and it may threaten to cause disorder. If the latter, it can no longer serve the role as a ‘comprehensive framework of behaviours designed to serve, inter alia, as a precaution against disorder and a defence against the randomness of battle’ (Holmes).

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