Jerome J. Nozawa Jr.
August 29, 2012
Jessica De Silva
Habit Formation Because of Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches
In February 2003, I deployed to Iraq with the 887 Engineer Company, 326 Engineer Battalion 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, KY. On the flight there, all I could think about was my family and how they would be and what was in store for me in a new country full of hardship and war. I knew that I was definitely not entering into a Utopian society. It would be filled with problems and I was in charge of myself, my fellow comrades, and the innocent lives of the people who were oppressed by a control freak.
While there, I would always have to keep a sharp eye out for the threats and dangers of my environment. After an attack by insurgents from an overpass, I would check the overpasses constantly knowing that at any moment, we may have been under attack by people with no mercy. We also had to be aware of anyone who looked suspicious: young or old, man, woman or child because we just never knew if they would be a suicide bomber, throw a grenade, or plant an improvised explosive device (I.E. D.) that would end up killing the men in my convoy and me. There were no role models for this habit, only people who influenced me in the adoption of this habit, the insurgents because without this experience I may have looked at life a little differently than I do today.
Experiencing the harsh reality of war really affected me in so many ways and changed the way that I was as a young soldier and now in my current life as a husband and father. One of my habits that I have as a result of being in war is that whenever I go to a restaurant, I always position myself so that I can see the door, I check all of my exit options, and check to see...