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Report says one in three veterans earns bachelor degree or higher

A new report finds that one in three military vets have a bachelor's degree or higher
A new report finds that one in three military vets have a bachelor's degree or higher

I like vets and I especially like college student vets. They tend to be globally aware and are a lot of fun to ponder real world topics with in courses like Comp I.

Analytical data from research conducted between 2002 and 2013 finds that “just over half of veterans” who enrolled in a higher education program earned degrees.

51.7 percent of veterans completed their college degrees or vocational studies in those ten-eleven years of tracking and research.

Overall, the majority of veterans degree seekers study business, social sciences, homeland security, law enforcement, fire fighting, and computer information services.

Nearly 800,000 college records were released today by the Student Veterans of America service organization. The group closely studied the performance of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report states that one in three veterans earn a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The percentage of college veterans who actually make it out of college may be slightly higher or quite similar to the graduation rates of nontraditional students. Non traditional students are those who do not enter college immediately out of high school. Some are homemakers, caregivers, or blue collar laborers rebounding from layoffs or overall job dissatisfaction.

Military veterans, it may be argued, are better equipped to handle the discipline and chain of command inside of the college classroom than other nontraditional students. The GI Bill is not an easy pass to college, it’s more a rite of passage. Whereas student loans and other forms of financial aid are often cited as possible reasons typical nontraditional students do not grow professionally in college classrooms during their academic stay.

Not every student is aware of the rigor that college classroom requires. Many are not trained to manage disappointment, frustration or the physical toil required to navigate most college campuses. and often quit, but veterans who’ve done a full term of service often have more professional experience to cope, manage and master academic challenges.

The study examines the 788,915 records “representing one out of five veterans” who used federal education benefits (Montgomery GI Bill and the post 9-9/11 benefit of 2009). Air Force veterans completed higher ed studies with a 67 percent completion rate. Army vets 47 percent completion and ex-Marines 45 percent.

One of the Obama Administration’s earlier initiatives focused on military families of war veterans, particularly education and jobs. Soldiers who absorb the knowledge gained in college classrooms coupled with the military’s discipline are the likelier candidates for federal government jobs and stable salaries outside of the Department of Defense.

The rise of the military veterans with college degrees as they enter the US workforce could change Republican and red state thinking on federal government bureaucracy. For ages, before Bill Clinton came to DC, executive and managerial federal jobs in Washington DC were often held by military men with stronger higher education backgrounds.

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