A Content Analysis of Civil-Military Issues Written by European Authors for the Journal Armed Forces and Society
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This applied research project (ARP) describes civil-military issues written by European authors in the journal Armed Forces & Society. The journal Armed Forces & Society is an international interdisciplinary journal. Since September 11, 2001 and the Paris attacks of 2015, Europe and its militaries have been more engaged in warfare and peacekeeping missions. As a result, it is important and timely to examine the current discussion around European military studies written by scholars. A description of the content in Armed Forces & Society journal provides insight to this question. This study organizes civil-military issues using a classification system developed by the European Research Group on Military and Science (ERGOMAS). The organization is an international academic association that created working groups to deal with issues between the military and society. Each working group studies a particular topic. This study created categories based on these working groups to describe the content by European authors in Armed Forces & Society since 2011. Content analysis is performed using four topics: 1) recruitment and retention, 2) military families, 3) gender and the military, and 4) veterans and society). Armed Forces & Society articles published between 2011 and 2015 (N=38) were used in the analysis.
The findings reveal little discussion among European authors on the four topics. Among these four topics, the most frequently discussed were military families and recruitment and retention. Overall the topics are underdeveloped and as such, require more discussion. Recommendations are made to enhance future contributions to the Armed Forces & Society journal.