An investigation into the development of mental toughness in the British Army

Adrian Newell, Charlotte Ann Louise Rayner

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Abstract

This study examines the development of mental toughness through the experience of 'tough' environments and reward/punishment regimes. It has long been recognised that success on the battle field is dependent on the 'human element' as well as tactics and physical equipment superiority (ARTD, 2009). Screening, developing and testing for physical aptitude is relatively straight forward; however the measurement and development of mental robustness is less well understood (Jones, Hanton and Connaughton, 2002). Military discipline is a 'bedrock' where discipline highlights and eradicates undesirable behaviour and (crucial to this paper) is believed to contribute to the development of mental toughness (Director General Leadership, 2014) through coping with the threat of punishment. This study seeks a closer understanding of the relationship between punishment and mental toughness in the British Army.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
JournalHR Bulletin: Research and Practice
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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