American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals

American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals

American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals

American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals

Synopsis

American Soldiers in Iraqoffers a unique snapshot of American soldiers in Iraq, analyzing their collective narratives in relation to the military sociology tradition.

Grounded in a century-long tradition of sociology offering a window into the world of American soldiers, this volume serves as a voice for their experience. It provides the reader with both a generalized and a deep view into a major social institution in American society and its relative constituents-the military and soldiers-during a war. In so doing, the book gives a backstage insight into the U.S. military and into the experiences and attitudes of soldiers during their most extreme undertaking-a forward deployment in Iraq while hostilities are intense.

The author triangulates qualitative and quantitative field data collected while residing with soldiers in Iraq, comparing and contrasting various groups from officers to enlisted soldiers, as well as topics such as boredom, morale, preparation for war, day-to-day life in Iraq, attitudes, women soldiers, communication with the home-front, "McDonaldization" of the force, civil-military fusion, the long-term impact of war, and, finally, the socio-demographics of fatalities. The heart of American Soldiers in Iraq captures the experiences of American soldiers deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom at the height of the conflict in a way unprecedented in the literature to date.

This book will be essential reading for students of military studies, sociology, American politics and the Iraq War, as well as being of much interest to informed general readers.

Excerpt

Who cares?

(American soldier in Iraq)

I feel this survey was the biggest waste of my time since I was deployed, simply
because it will probably not make anything better.

(23-year-old, white male E-3, married for the first time with one child)

Thanks for wasting my time by having me fill out this survey just like all other
surveys I have filled out in the Army—it will be read and then forgotten.

(26-year-old, white male E-4, married for the first time)

I feel that these damn surveys are a waste of time that somebody with too much
time on their hands has nothing better to do.

(25-year-old, Hispanic male junior officer, married for the first time with one
child)

I would love it if we could get the results of this survey. I will contact Dr. Ender.

(25-year-old, white male junior officer, married for the first time)

I would like to be contacted about the results of this survey.

(23-year-old white female junior officer, never married)

A suggestion: Send results of this survey to those who participated. I know I
would like to have some idea on what the results are.

(27-year-old white male E-5, married for the first time with one child)

I would be very interested in getting a copy of the completed study if one is
planned.

(28-year-old unknown race male junior, married for the first time with two
children)

So why do we give this survey? Is this going to change the way I live, NO! All
this is, is a way to see how people think.

(23-year-old white male E-4, never married)

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