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Through Army-Colored Glasses: A Layered Account of One Veteran’s Experiences in Higher Education
There is a lack of research on military veterans in higher education that captures the issues from an insider’s perspective. To that end, I sought to reflect upon my own experiences with higher education as military veteran—from a budding recruit all the way through to now being an administrator and faculty member. I utilized a layered-account autoethnographic approach (Ronai, 1995) to interrogate my multiple perspectives that developed over time on veterans’ issues in higher education. I found that the GI Bill—the modern iteration of the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944—was a powerful motivator both in starting my military career and continuing my studies; my thinking on transfer credits from the Joint Service Transcript evolved from seeing them as an entitlement to lacking rigor. I felt out of place as I left the military and attended a traditional university campus, and then I sought out the faculty members who reminded me of the no-nonsense military from which I had departed. My experiences in the military continually guided my behavior as a student and that of other student veterans I observed, thus, I recommend that institutions glean lessons from these experiences to better serve the unique demographic presented by the growing population of student veterans.
Autoethnography, Veterans in Higher Education, GI Bill
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Recommended APA Citation
Olt, P. A. (2018). Through Army-Colored Glasses: A Layered Account of One Veteran’s Experiences in Higher Education. The Qualitative Report, 23(10), 2403-2421. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2018.3354
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