Soldier Uses to Earn Advanced Degree During Deployment

Captain Kevin R. has been in the Army National Guard for 15 years and works as an Information System Manager. Kevin is currently deployed while also attending Webster University for a Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity. Now that Kevin is deployed, he has been using the program to balance deployment life and getting school assignments taken care of. Why did you decide to pursue a college degree while serving full time?

Kevin: I decided to pursue a degree while serving full time because I wanted to make the best use of my downtime while I was deployed.  As an Officer in Charge (OIC), I have to admit it is challenging staying up in the evenings to write papers, but this is where comes in.  They provide excellent feedback and encouragement when I am stuck writing papers. What are the challenges of going back to school and being in the military at the same time? How does help you with this?

Kevin: The biggest challenge is time management and finding time to work on coursework around the mission, which takes priority. assists me with this by helping me review my papers.  I would estimate that by using the Writing Center I am able to cut out 2-3 hours that I would spend editing my paper alone. How does make you feel more prepared to succeed in your mission?

Kevin: helps me feel more prepared to succeed in my mission because my current coursework covers the IT field that I manage in my job.  I use the tips and corrections that I receive from tutors on my assignments in my professional military writing. How did you hear about and how long have you been using it?

Kevin: I saw flyers around my unit before I deployed. Unfortunately, I was not eligible because it is currently funded to “active duty” members only.  I began my coursework after the deployment started so I was eligible then and excited to try it.  I also saw reminders about this program on the Go Army Ed website while signing up for Tuition Assistance. What subjects or features do you use for?

Kevin: I use the Writing Resource Center (WRC) to review my papers and check for APA formatting on graduate level papers. What do you like best about’s program?

Kevin: I have never met a tutor that I was not satisfied with!  Every tutor is friendly, helpful, and encouraging.  Sometimes it is frustrating preparing a 12-20 page paper, but their encouraging comments keep me motivated. What would you tell other military personnel or their families about

Kevin: Take advantage of this resource!  I have found it to be a hidden gem allowing me to reach my peak potential studying at the Graduate level.  10 years ago I was a “B” and “C” student as an undergrad, so far, I am an “A” student at the Graduate level. for U.S. Military Families is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) MWR Library Program, the DoD Navy General Library Program, the DoD Voluntary Education Program and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA). To learn more and see if you are eligible for free online tutoring, visit

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