The three-week course that turns an infantryman into an airborne soldier is so rigorous and full of hazards (notably parachute jumps) that it seems certain to make a lot of the trainees mighty anxious.
Not so, say four psychosomaticists at Chicago's Michael Reese Hospital* who moved into the Army's Airborne Department at Fort Benning, Ga. and watched the trainees from reveille until after they were tucked in, tuckered out, at night.
In fact, paratroop training creates less anxiety than might be expected, and still less of the obvious fear-of-death kind. The doctors' key findings:
¶ The anxiety created is sharply defined into two...