Organizational Cultures in the Military

  • Joseph SoetersEmail author
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


In this chapter the basic elements of organizational cultures in the military are analyzed, assuming that the military organization is too differentiated to speak about one military culture. These basic elements refer to the community life, hierarchy and rules, discipline, the Janusface character of the organization, and a certain assessment-aversion. There is variation in military organizational cultures with respect to • time-bound developments • between national armed forces • between the army, the air force, the navy and the special forces as well as • between regular soldiers, reservists and civilians. Organizational cultures are continuously in movement, implying that there are numerous challenges in the near future. The emphasis in the chapter is on the impact of military organizational cultures on operational conduct and effectiveness in action.


Culture Subcultures Developments National Services Civilians Reservists 


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