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ERIC Number: EJ1083721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
The Disappeared Ones: Female Student Veterans at a Four-Year College
Heitzman, Amy Claire; Somers, Patricia
College and University, v90 n4 p16-19, 22-26 2015
Since the end of the military draft in 1973, women have entered military service in greater numbers: Women currently account for 16 percent of active-duty service personnel; by 2035, they will account for 15 percent of the total veteran population (National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics 2011). The profile of female veterans differs from that of their male colleagues: female veterans are younger, and more of them (30 percent) hold bachelor's degrees, compared to just over 20 percent of male veterans (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 2007). Yet when women attend college after separating from the military, they "seemingly disappear on college campuses" (American Council on Education 2010, p. 6). Not only do they "disappear," but they also are the subject of alarmingly little research. This article reports on a multiple-method study of the college choice and persistence experiences of 51 female student veterans. In addition to reporting the stories of these women, a female veteran persistence model based on transition theory is presented (Schlossberg 1978; Schlossberg, Lynch and Chickering 1989).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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