International Conference on Advances in Military Psychology: Soldier Preparednes (International Confer)

Venue: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Complex,

Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Event Date/Time: Mar 10, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 12, 2011
Registration Date: Feb 01, 2011
Early Registration Date: Feb 01, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 15, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Feb 15, 2011
Report as Spam


Over the last two decades the changes taking place at the global as well as at the local level call for a relook at the context in which the military organization has been conventionally trained to operate. In particular, the post cold war scenario, globalization of the world economy, terrorism, low intensity conflict, and the onset of the information era have posed unique challenges for soldier preparedness in the 21st century. The conventional soldier is required to deliver in diverse non-conventional roles like counter insurgency, peace-keeping, peace enforcement, and other non-conventional military missions. The soldier is bound to adapt to the emerging social challenges on the one hand and technical revolution on the other. Thus, preparedness of the soldier demands personal adaptability to the upcoming modes of leadership, constraints of operational environment, and emerging stealth technology absorption. The future soldier, with a global outlook, is increasingly being seen in a techno-managerial role rather than simply a follower of standard operating procedures. The role of information processing, social adaptability and dynamism are likely to be advantageous so far as the application of various principles, models and theories of psychology in military context are concerned. The influence of technological revolution and organizational adaptation are also likely to shape the contours of psychological theories and paradigms in the direction of a more interdisciplinary spectrum.

The present conference further aims towards contributing to soldier preparedness in such a manner that takes into consideration the emerging challenges for his optimal operational efficiency. It is also an endeavour to bring the professionals from the field of psychology and the military domain to a common platform to share, analyze and discuss the issues, which in turn would strengthen the scope of military psychology and its objectives.

The National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) and Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), being the two premier academic and research organizations in India, have a greater responsibility to contribute towards the optimized efficiency of the soldier as well as towards bringing out the salient psycho-social determinants of various conflicts. It is with this objective, that both the organizations have joined hands to take up the challenges and develop a roadmap towards this goal.


Rao Tula Ram Marg
New Delhi