Technical Support or Symbolic Threat? French Military Technicians Versus Private Providers : French Military Technicians Versus Private Providers
Armed Forces & Society
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civil military relations, sociology, military organization, recruitment/retention, outsourcing, privatization
Since the mid-2000s, French military telecommunications have been partially outsourced to private companies. This was justified by an intent for budgetary savings and efficiency. However, an interview survey conducted among military technicians shows that this transfer weighs upon their work and expectations. Outsourcing damages the profession’s appeal, deprives staff of strategic resources, and places their time under the control of private providers. This represents a symbolic cost for the personnel committed to the institution but also grants symbolic benefits to officers who are hostile to the process. Although they were not designed for this purpose, market procedures closely regulate the activity of frontline military technicians.