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Military and Veterans
Much of the research on military-connected students focuses on former members of the military (i.e., “student veterans”), or those individuals who served in the military (i.e., were a part of the “active component” or AC), then exited the military and moved on to pursue their college degrees. These students’ educational experiences are often conflated with the experiences of those students who serve in the military while attending college (i.e., those students who are serving in the National Guard or in the Reserves, or the “Reserve Corps”). This results in an inadequate understanding of the experiences of Reserve Corps (RC) students in engineering education.
In this paper, we focus on students who are actively serving in the RC, either in the Reserves or National Guard, while pursuing their engineering degrees (i.e., Reserve and National Guard Engineering (RANGE) students). These RANGE students have unique challenges during their education, such as the need to attend regular training and being prepared to be called to active duty at any time. We examine RANGE students’ motivations for joining the military and engineering and the extent to which these students experience benefits as a result of their simultaneous military service and educational pursuits.
Our analysis reveals that RANGE students joined the military primarily to receive financial assistance although the timing of this realization and reasoning varied. In terms of benefits of their service, the RANGE students were able to make direct, real-time connections between their engineering studies and their military service. The results of our study will be of interest to engineering educators interested in broadening participation in engineering, supporting the students who are in engineering programs, and recognizing the assets that they bring.
Key Words: student veterans, Reserve Corps, National Guard, engineering education
Mobley, C., & Murphy, J., & Main, J. B., & Brawner, C. E., & Lord, S. M. (2020, June), The Engineering Education Experiences of Students Serving in the Reserves or National Guard Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35316
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