Military Recruit Training

An Arena for Stress-Coping Skills
  • Raymond W. Novaco
  • Thomas M. Cook
  • Irwin G. Sarason


The study of human stress has no better context for investigation than in military environments. The American soldier drew attention during the Second World War, because theaters of battle were naturalistic, albeit cruel, domains for the study of psychological trauma and adaptation to extreme environments (Stouffer, 1949). Unmistakably, research on human stress received a key impetus from investigations of psychological functioning in warfare.1 Stress as regards the military, however, pertains to conditions and issues much broader than those of war. Problems of stress, coping, and adaptation are not only paramount in situations of combat but are also highly salient in recruit training and indeed remain so throughout the enlistment period.


Basic Training Training Environment Training Cycle Vietnam Veteran Boot Camp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond W. Novaco
    • 1
  • Thomas M. Cook
    • 1
  • Irwin G. Sarason
    • 2
  1. 1.Program of Social EcologyUniversity of California at IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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