Posted: Jun 11, 2011 12:55 pm
by zulumoose
I'm sure the perceived urgency of the situation has an effect as well. It must be a natural impulse to want to freeze everything and think to yourself, 'do I really need to do this right now, can't I wait a few seconds/minutes and see how things pan out' ?

When being shot at, I would expect that impulse would be of little import, so not just the self defence instincts kick in, but also the urge to evaluate the situation would be suppressed. Probably many more factors at work as well.

Would I be right do you think, in saying that the more the soldier feels his side is in control of the situation, the more likely he is to allow himself the luxury of evaluation time, and thus the more that aspect of trigger reluctance comes into play?

BTW above is all personal speculation, I have no relevant experience.