Pam Embler, MSN, PhD, RN
Military operations since September 11, 2001 have produced over 3 million student service members and veterans, many of whom then choose to pursue degrees in higher education. These students are predominately male and non-traditional (married with children) and the majority are attending public 2-year institutions.
Faculty may believe that student service members or veteran students will simply blend into the classroom. However, there are three key areas which affect these students more than non-service students.
It is well documented that this group of students often takes more time to obtain a degree. Because of this, it's essential that student service members and veteran students understand that a detour in education is not an end to education. This is especially important for the re-deployed student.