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The 58th IMTA Conference
New Delhi, India
November 7th - 11th, 2016

Psychological Assessment: Shaping the Future Soldier

Psychological testing and efficacy of assessment in predicting and optimizing military goals were experienced during the World War I and II. Ever since, more advances and applications of psychological techniques gave rise to the official launching of an area of psychology called Military Psychology. It has helped in describing, explaining, predicting and modifying military behaviours. More importantly, psychological testing and assessment is used in selection, placement, promotion and diagnosis in the military. Psychological assessment in the context of Armed Forces has become increasingly important over the past decade as the nature of warfare and operational environments has changed. There is a marked shift from conventional warfare to non-conventional warfare which demands that the soldiers possess skills like creative thinking, adaptability, and flexibility in order to respond to situations and contexts effectively. In this regard, assessment becomes a valuable tool for selection, training and placement of soldiers in various roles. As we move from the era when fighting ceased at sun down or the weapons of a soldier were limited to masons, spears and guns, a soldier who is able to use his reasoning ability, quick wit and intelligence to accurately perceive, judge, understand the situation is the need of the hour. Recruitment and training protocols thus need to be increasingly driven by assessment of cognitive, emotional and psychological competencies to address the requirements of modern day warfare. This facet has been reflected in the development of computerized, computer aided and technology driven testing and assessment protocols being developed at DIPR recently. However, the fast pace of change and changing reality of the social, political, cultural context coupled with the growth in domain of computers necessitates that we come together and take stock of the different ways through which all these changes can be adapted to the military context. The conference theme thus is an attempt to exchange notes on the current trends in the discipline of military psychology all over the world but also create pathways for incorporating the changing realities of the social, political, economic and cultural milieu into the selection and assessment systems.

We are looking forward to seeing you in New Delhi.

Organizing Team: IMTA 2016
Dr K. Ramachandran Dr Soumi Awasthy Dr Gurpreet Kaur
Dr K. Ramachandran
Director, DIPR
Dr Soumi Awasthy
Dr Gurpreet Kaur