Features of Ethnic Self-Consciousness of Servicemen (Military Personnel)in the Post-War Period

Scientific Proceedings of  Vanadzor State University Humanitarian and Social Sciences (ISSN 2738-2915)        

2023 vol 2

Features of Ethnic Self-Consciousness of Servicemen (Military Personnel) in the Post-War Period

Garik Hovakimyan


Key words: ethno-identity, adaptation of servicemen, public attitude, end of a war, post-war challenges, victory-defeat, nationalism, revanchism, globalism, denationalization

 Based on the theoretical level, this article analyzes the totality of the main characteristics of military personnel from a socio-psychological point of view in the context of ethnic self-consciousness:

  1. The need for rehabilitation and the return to civilian life is expressed in the restoration of the daily routine: everyday life of military personnel who returned from the war (includes restoration to the family life and daily activities).
  2. Changes in the perception of the enemy: during the war, the enemy is realized as an external threat, and the military personnel develop a unique ethnic identity by opposing their own personality and their group to the enemy.
  3. Changes in the military-political situation in the post-war period may lead to a change in the ethnic identity of servicemen. For example, changes in internationally recognized boundaries, political structures, or social institutions may affect their sense of belonging to their ethnic group.
  4. Military conflicts and the post-war period can also lead to a reassessment and transformation of one’s own ethnic identity. Combatants may identify themselves not only with their ethnic group, but also with the wider community.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.58726/27382915-2023.2-220