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1 “ The Dog Soldier feared separation from his squad more than he feared the enemy. He felt secure among men whose individual characters/capabilities he knew as well as he knew his own. They had been welded together by combat, and rightly or wrongly the infantryman was convinced that his chances of surviving the next firefight were much better with his own squad…. ” -Elmer Jones Rifleman, 89th Infantry Division (WWII)

2 AT THE FRONT THERE IS NO TIME FOR DIFFERENCES OF: RACE RELIGION CLASS

3 “ When a soldier sees he can trust and depend on his platoon and squad members, the morale and efficiency go up. ” -Ellis Blake, 33d Infantry Division

4 AN IMPORTANT MOTIVATION WITHIN THE SOUL OF THE COMBAT SOLDIER WAS PRAYER. IT CONTRIBUTED TO COMRADSHIP. “ I said my prayers and composed myself for death when I noticed the muttering around me. The fellow just in front was Roman catholic, there was a Jew right across the way, a Mormon was nearby, and there were numbers of other religions, all saying their preparations for death as sincerely as I. ” -Radford Carrol, Rifleman, 99th ID, WWII

5 UNIT COHESION: “ The bonding together of soldiers and their leaders in such a way as to develop and sustain their commitment to their unit and their resolve to accomplish the mission. ” FM

6 THE MOST CRITICAL OF ALL FACTORS IN DEVELOPING UNIT COHESION IS: LEADERSHIP

7 LEADERSHIP GROUP (UNIT) CHARACTERISTICS INDIVIDUALS IN UNIT UNIT SOCIALIZATION UNIT/INDIVIDUAL GOALS/OBJECTIVES UNIT ACTIVITIES UNIT IDENTIFICATION & HISTORY 7 COHESION FACTORS:

8 3 ELEMENTS OF COHESION: BONDING COMMITMENT RESOLVE

9 SOLDIER ACCEPTS HIM/HERSELF AS MEMBER OF THE TEAM W/NEW ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES SOLDIER DEVELOPS TRUST FEAR/DISTRUST DISAPPEAR SOLDIER PASSES INFORMATION RAPIDLY TO HELP OTHERS ADJUST TO NEW SITUATIONS SOLDIERS BECOME DEPENDENT ON EACH OTHER TEAM BUILDING/BONDING INVOLVES:


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