A study of observed character strengths in military cadets during a combat fatigue course
Ole Boe, Sofia Ellen Davidson, Fredrik A. Nilsen and Henning Bang has evaluated to what extent there is consistency between military cadet’s self-assessment and the observed behaviour during a combat fatigue course
This study is a quantitative study on observed character strengths in military cadets at the Norwegian Military Academy. The study aims to answer the research question to what extent there is consistency between the cadet’s self-assessment and the observed behaviour. A follow-up question was what this consistency or lack thereof would mean? This study used an observational instrument called “OBServation of Character In Field” (OBSCIF). The OBSCIF assesses the cadet’s behaviour in relation to 12 character strengths that have been established as important for a military leader to possess. The cadets assessed themselves, and were assessed by their peers and an instructor after having completed an extreme field exercise. The findings showed that the peers and instructor had a much higher consistency in the correlations than any of the other combinations. Further, the cadets had rated themselves higher in seven out of 12 character strengths. The four character strengths on which the cadets had rated themselves highest, were the same four found to be rated the highest in other military studies using the same character strengths. The findings support that the OBSCIF has functioned well for observing character strengths through behaviour.