Su baziniu kario kursu susijusios psichologinės patirtys: savanoriškai nuolatinę privalomąją pradinę karo tarnybą atliekančių vyrų perspektyva
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One of the most prominent forms of expressing civic will is volunteering in the military. The first stage of volunteering is a basic combat training course that helps develop basic military values. As people move into a new life situation, they may experience greater stress and mood changes (Martin, 2006), therefore adaptation in the military can pose significant psychological challenges. The aim of this work is to reveal men's experience of basic combat training as volunteers in the Lithuanian regular compulsory initial military service. This qualitative study involved 4 men (age 19-26). All participants in the study were required to have completed or be undergoing training and have already completed the Basic combat training course. Data were collected using an individual semi-structured interview method. 4 reference questions were compiled by the research authors. An inductive thematic analysis was performed according to the recommendations of Braun and Clarke (2006). Four topics were revealed: 1. Troublesand frustrations in the military service, 2. The importance of communication with commanders and colleagues, 3. Importance of a new daily routine for functioning in the unit, 4. Enthusiastic incentives to serve and perceived benefits. Even though solders encountered difficulties in adapting and performing their service, some observations revealed gradual improvement of soldier-commander relations, the soldiers' joy for the prosperity of the military, and fulfilment of personal goals.
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