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Military Psychology and Military Pedagogics

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The Department of Military Psychology and Pedagogics deals with the research and teaching of the psychological aspects of staff selection, training and leadership. Teaching focuses on the typical stress experienced by military personnel in everyday life and on deployment, on the mental prerequisites for individual staff members, and on providing appropriate coping strategies. It also deals with aspects of military training and motivations.

While the focus of military psychology is on basic research and on its relevance for the armed forces, military pedagogics primarily addresses national and cultural aspects, in particular the military education of soldiers. The teaching aims to have a direct and lasting influence on the behaviour and values of military personnel.

Main Areas of Research

  • Implementation, evaluation and further development of assessment centres in various areas of officer selection
  • Quality characteristics of selection and assessment processes (e.g. evaluation and further development of instruments for conscript officer selection)
  • Key motivational factors and ways of influencing them
  • Influence of personality and context factors on commitment, job satisfaction and success
  • Persuasion techniques, and negotiation skills and strategies in the military environment
  • Stress and stress management in a military context
  • Recording and training of resilience in the military, and evaluation of the effects of resilience training
  • Values and virtues in the armed forces and their impact on military education and organisational culture
  • Coaching of professional soldiers in leadership positions

Assessment Center

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Drawing on its expertise in the field of staff assessment and selection, the Department of Military Psychology and Pedagogics of the Military Academy (MILAC) at the ETH Zurich is specifically responsible for the scientific management of various selection procedures, such as that of the Assessment Centre for Prospective Career Officers, the Assessment Centre for Prospective Career NCOs, the Assessment Centre for Prospective General Staff Officers and the Assessment Centre for Prospective Defence Attachés. These selection procedures are evaluated at regular intervals. The results serve to optimise procedures and are presented to academic committees.. 


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Head of Military Psychology and Military Pedagogics

Military Academy (MILAC) at ETH Zurich Kaserne Reppischtal
CH-8903 Birmensdorf
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+41 58 484 82 31

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