INFLUENCE OF CHANGING SOCIETY ON SOLDIERS AND SOLDIERING: BANGLADESH PERSPECTIVE
Keywords:CHANGING SOCIETY, CHANGING SOCIETY ON SOLDIERS
Most of our soldiers come from rural background and join the Army without knowing what it does and how it works. They only start to understand soldiering; its purpose and uniqueness after entering it. Soldiering is a tough profession, demands of the soldiers to lead a regulated and regimented life. They are expected to be always ready to make great sacrifices in the sense that they ought to place duty before self and should be motivated to kill and be killed for the greater interests of the society. But one must not forget the fact that they are the products of society and that they have families - wife and children; they too have dreams, hopes and aspirations just as everyone else in the society has. Hence, they find it challenging - challenging to cope with the demands of the profession of soldiering, while at the same time fulfilling family and social obligations.
This study aims at understanding our soldiers and their soldiering by interfacing conflicting family and institutional requirements in the context of changing societal conditions. It also attempts to recommend ways of meeting the needs of our soldiers, so that they take soldiering not as a mere vocation but as a profession.
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