March 8, 2016, by Lizzie Weakley – Military veterans provide a rich source of life experience for many career options. One of the most influential and meaningful is the position of Military History instructor. Although not every veteran is qualified or suited to teach military history, many have the aptitude and experiences to become great teachers of this important aspect of our country’s history, which in turn, may impact our future. Here are seven reasons why some vets should become teachers of military history.
A military veteran who enjoys interacting with others and providing helping services often makes a terrific teacher. Although he or she doesn’t have to be outgoing necessarily, it helps to enjoy working with others and providing leadership as well as guidance. Vets with these skills are well equipped to consider a military history teaching career.
A long-term veteran or one who has been in a position to learn deeply about an area of military specialization may be a good candidate for teaching others. Acquiring insight and training related to military experience gives veterans information that can be shared with students, and is otherwise unavailable.
Veterans have significant experience interacting on a professional level with various ranks of officers, and often, the general public. They have experience applying military tactics to real-world situations, which requires critical thought and evaluation. Many vets have moved successfully from one rank to the next, so they understand the importance of using new knowledge to tackle shifting objectives, which can be taught to students.
Successful army veterans have proven intelligence that sustained them through military training, practical applications, and adaptations to new cultures, environments, and situations. This level of intelligence is extremely useful for helping students learn about military history in meaningful ways. Even if some students do not plan to enter military history, simply understanding its importance can add a rich dimension to a regular education.
Veterans of military service are held to a high standard of ethical behavior. Their adherence to ethics can provide a strong role model for students.
Veterans leaving the military need jobs. Teaching is a noble career that will prepare students for the future. Vets who share their military experience in the classroom are assets to the educational field.
Willingness to Learn
An online military history degree can be earned at a vet’s convenience in preparation for a teaching career. Vets make wonderful teachers, especially of military history. More vets should pursue a teaching career.
Author Bio: My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3 year old husky Snowball.