NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Stress symptoms under extreme circumstances in latvian national guard personnel with different personality supertraits
In European countries, existing security issues are highly connected to the current global situation. Along with the professional military personnel ensuring national security, in Latvia this task is also performed by the Latvian National Guard (LNG) personnel, a part of the National Armed Forces. A number of documents of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia indicate that national security depends on the combat effectiveness of the armed forces directly related to the level of professional training of personnel, including LNG. Previous studies demonstrate that professional competence of military staff is associated, inter alia, to stress resilience shaped by a certain combinations of personality traits. Stress resilience makes it possible to successfully carry out combat missions with less damage to psychological and physical wellbeing of a member of armed forces. Current paper focuses on the empirical study investigating possible differences in stress symptoms in groups of LNG personnel with different personality supertraits under extreme circumstances involving military exercises. The obtained results revealed differences in stress symptoms, thus, allowing to identify predispositions to pathological stress reactions under extreme situations and to develop new psychological training methods.