Developing a Well-balanced Military Identity among Female Military Personnel
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Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies
Submission date: 2023-09-09
Acceptance date: 2024-01-02
Publication date: 2024-03-12
Polish Sociological Review 2024;225(1):69-82
This narrative study explored the individual experience of a military woman in the development of a balanced military identity. The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of the challenges women in the military face in achieving a healthy balance between their gender and professional identities. A qualitative content analysis of the narratives of a servicewoman serving in a combat unit proved that she strives to retain traditionally feminine traits in order to maintain her female identity while forming a balanced military identity. But for the harmonious coexistence of gender and professional identity in a unified self-concept, femininity has the potential to change the principles and characteristics of the profession. These changes are aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the team. The members of the military team are not opposed to the changes in the professional world brought about by femininity, as they are determined to improve their performance in a situation where their health and even their lives depend on it.
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