WPR IPOs - Integrated Performance Objective 5 You are the...

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Integrated Performance Objective 5 You are the platoon leader for a military police platoon in a mountainous region in Afghanistan. You have a wide range of duties for your platoon members. Some are complex and exciting like patrolling in a contested village and others are much more mundane such as standing guard at the front entrance to your Forward Operating Base. Explain the considerations of the relative stress for these assignments on your soldiers using the Inverted-U Hypothesis. The Inverted-U hypothesis predicts that task performance should improve with increased emotional arouse- up to a point after which further increases in arousal become disruptive and performance deteriorates. In practical terms this means that during the mundane tasks of guarding the front entrance of the FOB, the task performance would lower. There is little stress in a simple guard shift and motivation can be low. Conversely, during high stress tasks such as patrolling a village, the task performance will be higher. You have been in-country for four months and have been patrolling every day for 14-16 hours. Explain likely responses to stress that you and your soldiers are having using Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome. Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome is a model of the body’s stress response, consisting of three stages: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. ALARM occurs when the organism first realizes there is a threat. This probably occurred during the first weeks of deployment, when the conditions were still relatively new, and soldiers were adapting to the new environment. RESISTANCE is physiological changes stabilize as coping efforts get under way as the organism becomes accustomed to the threat. Once the soldiers get over the shock of their new environment, they begin to adapt to it. They are still operating at a very high stress level, they are just adapting to the high stress level. EXHAUSTION happens when stress depletes body’s resources and physiological arousal will decrease. This occurs at the end of deployment. This is a dangerous time because soldiers begin to make mistakes and get sloppy due to their extreme exhaustion.
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Integrated Performance Objective 6 You are an infantry platoon leader preparing to deploy to Iraq in eight months. Design a plan to maximize wellness in your unit by discussing the nine factors to moderate stress and avoid health-impairing behavior. There are several elements involved in moderating stress and avoiding health-impairing behavior. A few keys factor are social support, a sense of humor, alcohol and drug cessation, rest, prior planning, relaxation techniques, positive attitude, physical exercise, and nutrition. As an infantry platoon leader, I would discuss the importance of each facet. It is important to have social support in order to share your feelings with peers and ventilate. I would create an atmosphere where communication about personal issues is accepted and encouraged as long as it remains professional. A sense of humor is
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course PL 100 taught by Professor Meine during the Spring '08 term at West Point.

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