TITLE

BASES OF AMERICAN MILITARY MORALE IN WORLD WAR II

AUTHOR(S)
Rose, Arnold
PUB. DATE
December 1945
SOURCE
Public Opinion Quarterly;Winter45/46, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p411
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The present essay will tackle the specific problem of the morale of the American Army during the World War II. The author has tried to avoid generalizing beyond what he observed as an official Army investigator of soldiers' problems for three years, first as a civilian and then as an enlisted man, first in this country and then eighteen months overseas. A survey of the not too reliable literature on armies of other nations suggests that these other armies have different bases of morale. While not saying that there has been only one root of morale in the American Army during World War II, the present writer wishes to advance the proposition that the main thing which kept the American soldier at his job was the habit of mind of getting a job done. When an American is given a task, he will usually plug at it with efficiency and even pride. This is especially true when there is the reward of ending the war and going back home. This certainly does not mean that this trait is not present among soldiers of other armies. But it does mean that the American soldier is especially influenced by the drive to do a good job and get it over with. Moreover, since he lacks the other sources of morale which other soldiers have, this one takes on an increased importance.
ACCESSION #
12321196

 

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