Motivation Level and Community Involvement of Military Students
As more low-income and minority students join the United States Armed Forces as a means of achieving job stability and supplementing income to pursue postsecondary education, an understanding of factors which influence persistence towards degree completion is increasingly important. The present study focuses on factors which impact a military students’ persistence towards graduation. Military students who value their service to the country reported better performance on their Annual Physical Fitness Test and less anxiety about their upcoming military duties than their peers. Military students who were less proud of their service were more involved in their campus and community, had higher Grade Point Averages, and reported more difficulties balancing social lives than their counterparts. Students who felt the military was uncompromising in understanding the rigorous time constraints which come along with being enrolled full-time at a university, expressed no desire to reenlist into the military once their contract expired.
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