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Sustaining Motivation in Sub-Conventional Warfare

Col. K C Dixit was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • IDSA Occassional Paper No. 14

    The Indian Army is primarily structured, equipped and trained to conduct high intensity conventional operations. Strategic policy formulation, planning, force structure, equipment acquisition and training are geared primarily for safe-guarding the territorial integrity of nation against external threat. However, owing to rapidly changing security environment, the role assignment of Indian troops has undergone substantial changes.

    The ever increasing requirement of troops in low intensity conflict operations has become a regular feature, resulting in constant and prolonged deployments.

    Low intensity conflict operations and proxy wars have put tremendous professional and psychological pressures on military leaders and troops. Therefore, the importance of sustaining the motivation level and morale of troops in these circumstances, assumes added significance, which if not addressed in right earnest, can well manifest in the form of stress, tension, frustration, anger and cumulatively result in below par performance as a combat outfit.

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