Does Social Cohesion Determine Motivation in Combat?

  title={Does Social Cohesion Determine Motivation in Combat?},
  author={Robert J MacCoun and Elizabeth Kier and Aaron Belkin},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={646 - 654}
Based on a new Army War College study of unit cohesion in the Iraq War, Wong et al. argue that successful unit performance is determined by social cohesion (the strength of interpersonal bonds among members) rather than task cohesion (a sense of shared commitment to the unit’s mission). If correct, these conclusions have important implications for scholarship as well as for numerous U.S. military policies such as the Unit Manning System. However, this article disputes their contentions. Wong et… 
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