The article examines military leaders’ psychological competence in combat. The peculiarities of psychological support for military-professional activities are determined. The psychological support of combat activities includes: mobile groups for psychological support and rehabilitation, educational work (psychological education), debriefings, mini-trainings, interactive communication in recreation camps, identification of service members affected by stress factors and timely first psychological aid, detection of service members with deviant behavior to send them for an extraordinary examination by psychiatrists, recommendations for evacuation from the zones of extreme (combat) conditions. To ensure psychological services for service members, organizational and legal efforts should be applied, but methodological support is also important, in particular available hardware, writing, computerized methods (questionnaires, tests, etc.) and various techniques, first of all - trainings, helping to solve professional and psychological problems.
Depending on the tasks of psychological counseling, there are several psychological regulatory programs: trainings for self-regulation, targeted program relieving mental stress or fatigue, mobilizing the body’s reserve capabilities, general health program to normalize service members’ states and recover their body.
Service members’ professional competence is considered by scientists as an integral characteristic that determines their ability to solve professional problems and fulfill typical professional tasks that arise in real professional situations, using knowledge, professional and life experience, values and inclinations. Combat mission efficiency is determined by a person’s intellectual and physical capabilities, as well as their responsibility, independence, emotional and volitional hardiness, flexibility, ability to make decisions and interact with other military members under stress.
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