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Becoming an Ex-military Man: Demobilization and Reintegration of Military Professionals in Eastern Europe

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Release date: 2002-09

BICC brief 26 concerns Eastern Europe’s management of reintegration of military servicemen into civilian life. It looks particularly at the experiences gathered in Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Hungary after the demise of socialism. The prime goal is to generalize experiences, identify shortcomings and to ascertain which aspects of integration policy are essential and should be recommended. The report is thus an attempt to evaluate the design and implementation of reintegration policies, analyzing the causes for failure or success in exiting military roles.
Demobilization and reintegration involve finding new social roles and networks, a new professional orientation and overcoming psychological stress.
The study is exemplary in nature, focusing on the institutional prerequisites of demobilization and on the behavioral patterns of those making the transfer from military to civilian life.