Military Covenants and Contracts in Motion: Reservists as Transmigrants 10 Years Later

Nir Gazit*, Edna Lomsky-Feder, Eyal Ben Ari

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


This article reexamines and develops the analytical metaphor of “Reserve Soldiers as Transmigrants” in three directions. First, we advance the notion of transmigration by linking it to the explicit and implicit “contracts” or agreements struck between the military and individuals and groups within and outside of it. Second, we show that the “management” model of reserve forces is not just an administrative matter but that “negotiating” with reservists involves wider issues that include managing identity, commitment, and the meaning attached to military service. Third, we examine the institutional and political meaning of the reserves at the macro sociological level. The juxtaposition and interplay of two models—transmigration and multiple contracts—allows us to introduce structural elements into the movement of soldiers between the military and civilian society, and add a dynamic dimension to the contents of the implicit contracts that organize reservists’ relations with the state and military.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)616-634
Number of pages19
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2020.


  • civil–military relations
  • military culture
  • military organization
  • reserve component
  • sociology


Dive into the research topics of 'Military Covenants and Contracts in Motion: Reservists as Transmigrants 10 Years Later'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this