undergraduate thesis
I am an American Soldier: Motivational Aspects of Soldiering in Gulf War Memoirs

Jure Zelenika (2015)
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Metadata
TitleI am an American Soldier: Motivational Aspects of Soldiering in Gulf War Memoirs
AuthorJure Zelenika
Mentor(s)Sanja Runtić (thesis advisor)
Jasna Poljak Rehlicki (thesis advisor)
Abstract
Motivation is an important part of everyone’s life, but it might be even more important in drawing people into the military and, almost certainly, the war. This paper analyzes characters from five Gulf War memoirs in order to find the motivational aspects which influenced their decision to enlist. The surveyed memoirs are Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles (2005), Nathaniel Fick’s One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer (2005), Chris Kyle’s American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2011), Kayla Williams’ Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army (2005) and Matt Gallagher’s Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War (2010). The specific motivational aspects of each of the soldiers have been derived from their memoirs by analyzing their writing. Those have then been sorted into categories which were used in the empirical studies from the field of psychology. Studies surveyed for the purposes of this paper are: "Towards an Understanding of Army Enlistment Motivation Patterns” by Pliske et al. and "Enlistment Motivations of Army Reservists: Money, Self-Improvement, Or Patriotism?" by Gorman and Thomas. The categories of “self-improvement”, “money” and “serve” have been derived from the Gorman and Thomas’s study. It has been found that the motivational aspects of soldiers derived from the memoirs and those derived from the empirical studies match to a great degree; hence, a conclusion is drawn that people drawn to the military calling have similar motivation for enlisting.
Parallel title (Croatian)Ja sam američki vojnik: Motivacijski aspekti vojne službe u memoarima Zaljevskih ratova
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmePedagogy (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. paed.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-09
Parallel keywords (Croatian)motivation Gulf War memoirs Gulf War enlistment
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:440185
CommitterBernardica Plašćak