Measurement of Intangible Human Elements in Determining Military Combat Readiness

  • S. Inderjit
  • Hasan Al-Banna Mohamed
  • Safar Yaacob
  • Ummul Fahri Abdul Rauf
  • Abdul Rahman Abdul Razak Shaik
  • Jessica Ong Hai Liaw
  • Siti Najwa Zainuddin

Abstract

Combat readiness is a composite concept that encompasses both tangible military logistics and intangible human components associated with soldiers preparing for combat missions. Militaries throughout the world define combat readiness as their military doctrine, policies, and public communications being in place to prepare their military troops for combat responsibilities. Situational Force Scoring (SFS) is a quantitative tangible measurement of forces' combat readiness in which numerical tangible scores are assigned based on logistics and manpower required percentages. To complete the equations for combat readiness, this research will identify and quantify the soldier's intangible human components of intangible combat readiness in the areas of morale, quality of life, and military psychological aspects, along with four antecedents for each domain. This quantitative study demonstrates military troops from operating units of the Royal Malaysian Navy and Royal Malaysian Air Force throughout Malaysia. The model was statistically validated against the data (n = 2466) using PLS-SEM. The findings reveal that external characteristics such as morale, quality of life, and psychological well-being account for 62.9 percent of intangible combat readiness. The results reveal that morale (= 0.578) has a greater direct effect on the measure of combat readiness than psychological factors (= 0.171) or quality of life factors (= 0.091). Morale is a critical component in intangible combat readiness enhancement. The findings indicate that boosting efforts to improve personnel morale will undoubtedly improve the Malaysian Armed Forces' soldiers' intangible combat readiness. Efforts to enhance the effectiveness of quality of life and psychological issues must be prioritised.

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Published
2021-12-31
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INDERJIT, S. et al. Measurement of Intangible Human Elements in Determining Military Combat Readiness. Asian Journal of Behavioural Sciences, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 4, p. 29-38, dec. 2021. ISSN 2710-5865. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/ajbs/article/view/16644>. Date accessed: 21 may 2022.
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