No Release: A Phenomenological Study of Australian Army Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Post-Military [thesis]

Robin Purvis
This study explores the lived post-discharge experience of seven combat veterans of Australia's Middle East wars. The study has identified there is academic and popular recognition, interest in and knowledge about the process of socialisation into the military. However, there is a noticeable gap in material that explores the process of socialisation out of the military. Eighteen in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with the seven participants, some ranging over a twelve-month
more » ... a twelve-month period. A phenomenological, interpretivist approach was taken using current literature, and input from military advisors, to help contextualise the participants' stories. Three themes emerged from the study as relevant to understanding the process of transition out of the military: the militarisation of identity, the impact of combat exposure as more deeply embedding the militarised identity and the challenges to this identity in negotiating the liminal space between military world and civilian world. The study identified that the challenges these veterans individually face on I acknowledge that an electronic copy of my thesis must be lodged with the University Library and, subject to the policy and procedures of The University of Queensland, the thesis be made available for research and study in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968 unless a period of embargo has been approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.
doi:10.14264/uql.2017.1007 fatcat:tyxga2j6prfqlhifubicwi32ya