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Active duty military and veterans face special challenges in dealing with Higher Education. Written by those who have both served and taught, this text provides invaluable information, Web pointers, and insights. It is designed to help those serving and veterans–but also professors, advisors, and administrations. Treatment provides unique considerations for both campus-based and online education.

Infuse student success into any program with our “IDentity” Series booklets. Written by national subject matter experts, the material contains strategies and activities for immediate application. If you like this IDentity Series: Finding

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321875396
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: IDentity Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil McNair and Fred Stielow are dedicated military educators who work together at the online American Public University System with its flagship American Military University (AMU), the leading university for today’s military. They also collaborate on PTSD scholarship; Sloan Consortium workshops on “Serving Military Students” and “PTSD and Stress in the Online Classroom;” and founding a Military Research Institute.

Phil McNair, retired Army colonel and VP for Strategic Initiatives, was a principle architect behind AMU’s sector-leading military outreach program. He has also headed programs in Marketing, Student Retention, and Academic Services.

McNair served as company commander in the 25th Infantry Division (Light), assistant professor of military science at the University of Texas at El Paso, battalion commander in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and executive officer to the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. His office was at ground zero in the Pentagon on 9/11. Phil was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained and the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in rescuing others in the aftermath of the plane crash. At his retirement ceremony, Colonel McNair was presented the Army’s highest decoration for military service—the Distinguished Service Medal. His service has been chronicled on television and in such books as The Pentagon by Steve Vogel and Heroes of 9/11 by Allan Zullo.

An ROTC Cadet Corps Commander, Phil earned his bachelor’s in Political Science at Louisiana State University. His master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College is joined by graduate work at Central Michigan University, University of Texas, El Paso, and Harvard’s Management and Leadership in Education program. He teaches in management and leadership and was nationally recognized by the Distance Learning Administration with 2009’s Wagner Educational Leadership Award.

Fred Stielow, Vice President/Dean of Libraries, represents the enlisted side. Son of a disabled veteran from World War II, Fred volunteered for the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He served in Germany as an NCO. With GI-Bill help, Stielow earned a bachelor’s, masters, and dual Doctorate from Indiana University before an M.L.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Stielow worked for the New England Library Board and University of Louisiana Lafayette, where he helped organize the Archives of Acadian and Creole Folklore. Stielow also directed the Amistad Research Center at Tulane, Reuther Labor Library at Wayne State, and New York’s Mid-Hudson Public Library System. Consultancies range from Bowie State University and National Agricultural Library to New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival, Vermont Folklife Center, and World Bank. He has been a professor at the University of Maryland and Catholic University and an adjunct at the Universities of Illinois, Puerto Rico, and Perugia, Italy.

Stielow has contributed over 100 Web sites, chaired ALA’s Web Advisory Committee and Intellectual Freedom Roundtable, and sits on numerous advisory boards. He has contributed to over 100 scholarly articles and 11 books, including the forthcoming Reinventing the Academic Library for the Web. Awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, Etter Prize for Creativity, Library of Congress’s Jameson Fellowship, MCI Cybrarian of the Year, and alumnus of the year from the URI Library School.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Paying for College

Financial Aid for Active Duty Military

Army: TA and Other Aid Programs

Navy: TA and the Navy College Program

Marines: TA and Other Assistance

Air Force: TA and Other Assistance

Coast Guard Financial Aid

Joint Service Programs and Financial Aid

Financial Aid for National Guard and Reserves

National Guard


Financial Aid for Veterans

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Yellow Ribbon Program

Montgomery GI Bill

Other Aid Programs

Concluding Thoughts

Chapter 2: Preparing for College Success

Evaluating Your School Choice

Student Community

Type of School


Course Offerings/Scheduling

Military Friendly Schools

Getting Credit for Military Experience

ACE Recommendations


DANTES Standardized Tests

AARTS, SMARTS, and Other Military Transcripts

Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)

Refresher Topics

Academic Writing


You Are More Prepared Than You Think!



Planning and Time Management

Goal Setting

Chapter 3: The Art of Classroom Tactics

Understand the Mission

Follow Orders

Overrun the Objective

Coordinate with Allies

Adjust Your Communication: Rank and Acronyms

Deployments and Other Military Activities

Chapter 4: Military Student Resources

Advising Services

Academic Advisors

Staff Counselors and Advisors

Disability and Mental Health Services

Documented Disabilities

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Traumatic Brain Injury

Veteran’s Clubs and Organizations

Additional Resources

Chapter 5: Life After Graduation

Building and Maintaining Networks

Military Community

School Community

Building an Effective Personnel Record and Resume

Active Duty and Reservists



Lifelong Learning

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