Military Teaches More Than Just Discipline

Published on February 13, 2013 by arothstein

Submitted by Chelsea Wood, a student in the accounting program at Broadview University

Being a veteran and a student means I have many resources available for education. There are discounts on tuition, books, and the GI Bill® to name a few. When I started classes at Broadview University, I was concerned about having been out of school for the past 10 years. Would I know how to study or take tests anymore? Then, I realized there was still one more resource which I had never considered before—my learning experiences while I was on active duty in the U.S. Navy.

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Wood uses a lot more than just the presentation skills she learned in the U.S. Navy. She says her experience in the military actually taught her how to learn.

For four years, from the time I started boot camp to the time I left active duty, I was constantly training, learning, and studying. All the way through boot camp and the advanced training for my job, I read text books, took notes, studied, and took written and practical tests. Once I reached the fleet, I continued to study for qualifications tests and boards, advancement exams, and procedures. All of this training and learning can be applied now as a student. My first weeks as a student, it all came back. I remembered how to read a text, study vocabulary, and prepare for tests.

Every branch of the military continually trains. All of that training can be applied to being a successful student. Admittedly, studying for an advancement exam is only once every few years while tests here can be weekly. When I was reviewing a chapter for my first test here at Broadview University, I remembered that reading the first and last sentences of a paragraph made it much easier to read through manuals. I tested the theory with my text book and found this was also the case. I tested myself the same way I had when I was preparing for boards, and when test time came, I was rewarded with an A.

Suddenly, being a student again after 10 years away from “school” wasn’t so scary anymore. The Navy gave me the tools to be successful in the workplace, in school, and in life. I have my days where being out to sea is much more appealing, such as finals week. After it’s over, I realize I was prepared because I had studied using the tools and training the military gave me. I suppose you could say, the military taught me a lot more than discipline—it taught me how to learn.

This blog post is part of a hands-on learning project for the Consumer Behavior class at Broadview University-Boise. Seven students total will write about their personal college experiences and share them with the world. Read more about the project here.

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