Military education and training

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Filipino soldiers during a training exercise

Military education and training is a process which intends to establish and improve the capabilities of military personnel in their respective roles. Military training may be voluntary or compulsory duty. It begins with recruit training, proceeds to education and training specific to military roles, and may also include additional training during a military career.

Recruit training[edit]

The primary form of military training is recruit training, which makes use of various conditioning techniques to resocialize trainees into the military system, ensure that they will obey all orders without hesitation, and teach basic military skills.[1][2][3][4][5] Resocialization is a sociological concept referring to the process of mentally and emotionally "re-training" a person so they can operate in a new environment, and involves changes to an individual's attitudes and behaviours. The drill instructor has the task of making the service members fit for military use.

Role-specific training[edit]

After their recruit training, personnel may undergo further training specific to their military role, including the use of any specialist equipment. After this point, they are normally deemed fit for military service.

Further training[edit]

Military personnel may continue to receive training during their career.

Kazakhstani military personnel at the Almaty Institute of the Kazakh Ground Forces.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australia, Department of Defence (2006). "Final report of the Learning Culture Inquiry" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  2. ^ Winslow, Donna (2004). "Misplaced Loyalties: The Role of Military Culture in the Breakdown of Discipline in Two Peace Operations". Journal of Military and Strategic Studies. 6 (3). ISSN 1488-559X.
  3. ^ McGurk; et al. (2006). 'Joining the ranks: The role of indoctrination in transforming civilians to service members', (in 'Military life: The psychology of serving in peace and combat [vol. 2]'). Westport: Praeger Security International. pp. 13–31. ISBN 978-0275983024.
  4. ^ Dave., Grossman, (2009). On killing : the psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society (Rev. ed.). New York: Little, Brown and Co. ISBN 9780316040938. OCLC 427757599.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ John., Hockey, (1986). Squaddies : portrait of a subculture. Exeter, Devon: University of Exeter. ISBN 9780859892483. OCLC 25283124.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)