A soldier’s perspective on serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

Gehrmann, Richard (2015) A soldier’s perspective on serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In: Trauma and public memory. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Series. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, pp. 193-206. ISBN 978-1-137-40679-8

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This chapter examines the Australian soldiers’ experience of military service in the war on terror in the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers traverse unsettled barriers and zones of expectation between war and peace, and cross different zones of experience. The zones of experience are explored through the description of a typical military deployment in the Middle East. The experience of a national culture and family memories can have an impact on the contemporary soldiers’ experience, and this is discussed with reference to the significance of commemorative days such as the Australian tradition of Anzac Day, which serves to provide support for the military veteran and their family. There is a particular focus on experience of the part-time army reservist experience of transitioning from full-time military duty in a war zone, to the different demands of the civilian employment in peacetime.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 07:26
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2016 01:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Army, military, Afghanistan war, Iraq war, Anzac, Army Reserve
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810102 Army
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1057/9781137406804.0022
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26990

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