The conceptualisation and measurement of combat readiness for peace-support operations – an exploratory study

  • Bester P
  • Stanz K
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to conceptualise combat readiness and to construct a normative measurement instrument for use within the context of peace-support operations. The Peace-Support Operations Questionnaire (PSOQ) was developed comprising of three types of items, namely an associated component, a disassociated component, and certain generic items applicable to both components. The sample comprised 461 soldiers of the South African National Defence Force. A second-order factor analysis on the 15 sub-scores of the first-order factor analysis yielded two factors. These factors were interpreted as Military Climate and Discipline. The two factors were subjected to an item analysis and yielded reliability coefficients of 0,987 and 0,791. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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Bester, P. C., & Stanz, K. J. (2012). The conceptualisation and measurement of combat readiness for peace-support operations – an exploratory study. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 33(3). https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i3.398

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