Service life and beyond: institution or culture?

Bergman, B. P., Burdett, H. J. and Greenberg, N. (2014) Service life and beyond: institution or culture? RUSI Journal, 159(5), pp. 60-68. (doi:10.1080/03071847.2014.969946)

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Abstract

In the UK, armed services personnel are perceived to become institutionalised during service, with negative connotations, especially in the process of transition to veteran status. Beverly P Bergman, Howard J Burdett and Neil Greenberg argue that institutionalisation is an inappropriate model, and that becoming a member of the armed forces is better represented by a model of culture shock, with reverse culture shock being experienced upon leaving. The adoption of this model would be useful both in preparing UK service personnel for civilian life and in supporting them after transition, and may help to predict vulnerability.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bergman, Dr Beverly
Authors: Bergman, B. P., Burdett, H. J., and Greenberg, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:RUSI Journal
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0307-1847
ISSN (Online):1744-0378

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