Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

Psychologists may play an instrumental role in reducing inappropriate use of deadly force by law enforcement personnel.

Not Your Father’s Army

To be effective in conflicts of the 21st century, the military must strive to recruit and retain a force that is representative of the population of the United States.

Optimizing Soldier Performance

As the US Army reduces in size, it must improve its approach to selecting, training, and developing soldiers. Psychology is playing a critical role in this effort to optimize soldier performance and adaptability.

A Revolution in Selection Testing

The military is leading the way in expanding selection testing to include non-cognitive factors. These advances have significant implications on how the military and other large organizations manage talent by selecting the right person for the right job.

21st Century Military Leadership

The leadership styles of traditional military leaders have changed. They must possess a skill set that includes the ability to understand diverse cultures, be politically smart, and to embrace transformational leadership strategies, rather than relying on authoritarian approaches to leading others in difficult circumstances.

Psychology and a Less Lethal Military Strategy

Psychology and related social sciences may be decisive in future military strategy. Without integrating such knowledge into the military, defeating ideologically based extremist groups like ISIS will be a Herculean task. In short, kinetic energy alone is insufficient to defeat such enemies.

In Extremis Leadership

The study of in extremis leadership provides useful insights into leading in other contexts, including business, education, and industry.

Psychology and the Study of Leadership

The formal study of leadership is fragmented across disciplines. Because of its scientific foundation, psychology provides the natural home for the systematic study of leadership.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Combat

After decades of exclusion, women may now serve equally with men throughout the military, including in combat. In the long term this will enable women to enter the ranks of the most senior leadership positions in our Nation’s military service.

What the Military Can Learn From the Peppered Moth

To maintain maximum performance and emotional stability, military members must learn to quickly adapt to ever-changing missions and environments. This requires flexibility in cognition, emotion, social relations, and physical fitness. Psychologists can help the military train and develop these skills.

Grit and Achievement

It takes more than intelligence to overcome life's obstacles, and to achieve long-term, difficult goals.

A Pioneer of Military Psychology

A West Point graduate, Colonel Fred E. Holdrege flew combat missions over Germany during World War II. After the war he became the U.S. Air Force’s first human factors engineer. His passion for research in military psychology continues to this day.

Trauma, Adversity, Pathology, and Resilience

Humans respond to stress and adversity in complex, individualized ways. Responses range from pathology to personal growth. Lessons learned from the military may help all who face trauma and adversity to respond in a more adaptive way.

What is Military Psychology?

What do military psychologists do besides perform therapy? How do I become a military psychologist? Why is military psychology such an important field?