James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal (JMURJ)


This paper addresses the problem of sleep deprivation among cadets in the Army ROTC program at James Madison University. Drawing on existing research and Army doctrine, the author examines the necessity of sleep for decision making, the biological consequences of sleep deprivation, and the effects of sleep deprivation on emotional intelligence. The paper also questions large, early-morning Physical Training (PT) sessions and their effectiveness in developing group cohesion. After comparing the research to the practices of the ROTC program, the author proposes a new training method for ROTC cadets to address the problems of sleep deprivation and large group PT.