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Common Beliefs Developed in the Military

Military culture can be deeply internalized by many service members. Sometimes, core beliefs and principles learned through military service can conflict with the beliefs and principles underlying higher education. For example, following orders and respecting rank and formality may run counter to the independent thinking and informality encouraged in many classrooms. 

Academic Performance

Student Veterans' perceptions of their potential for academic success are mixed. Some report a readiness for schoolwork that is heightened by their military experience. Other students have concerns about meeting academic standards. Military courses and trainings can be quite duty-specific and practical, while college classes and assignments can be more general and abstract.

Research suggests that student Veterans spend more time preparing for classes and talking with instructors outside of class than civilian students do. However, student Veterans are less likely to participate in experiential learning opportunities, such as internships or practicums. Despite obstacles and challenges, the Million Records Project found that student Veterans and civilian students have similar graduation rates.

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