Authored by: Joseph Soeters , Patricia M. Shields , Sebastiaan Rietjens

Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415635332
eBook ISBN: 9780203093801
Adobe ISBN: 9781136203312


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Military organizations and the profession they spawn are unique. The military dispatch their personnel to far-flung places throughout the world. These men and women are asked to risk their lives in the service of the state, for higher purposes, and in so doing suffer, sometimes even after a mission is over. Military organizations and the people within them are tasked to do something extraordinary. Militaries are also unique because they frequently conduct their business in an atmosphere of secrecy. Sometimes a military organization does not want to reveal its actions because it is not always good at what it does, or because it now and then behaves unethically, especially towards the people in its area of operation (e.g. Soeters et al. 2010).

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