Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award



Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. BJ McMichael

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Mark Mccallon

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Dr. Mark Weatherly


Abstract The problem investigated in this study was unknown opportunities that exist for educators to meet the academic needs of students who are affected by combat parental deployment and how this challenge of combat deployment disrupts the family’s dynamic, thus challenging their children academically. The Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard made up about 1% of the total United States population in 2015. Most of these people were married, 42% had children, and 54% of their children were in kindergarten to 12th grade. The Department of Defense school system is comprised of 166 accredited schools across 11 foreign countries, two U.S. territories, and seven states. It was the goal of this narratological case study to describe how families living in a military-connected community in Europe and who experience military deployment perceive its influences on their ninth through 12th-grade high school children’s academic performances. The study utilized a homogeneous sampling technique to scope the level of participation. The sample size consisted of a total of 30 participants. The participants were divided in the following manner: 20 military families and 10 educators or staff members who had worked with high school students. Student and parent participants met the participation criteria. Deployed parents must have been deployed for 6 months or longer, and the students attended multiple schools, which should be enough experience to provide credible information to this research study. Keywords: military-connected children, deployed, permanent change of station, combat-deployment


Military-connected children (MCC) experience challenges resulting from phases affiliated with parental deployment cycles. Military OneSource (2015) reported that 1% of Americans are active-duty soldiers, sailors, marines, and coast guards. Fifty-six percent (56%) of this population was married, 42% had children, and 54% of the children were in kindergarten through high school. The Department of Defense (DoD) school system is comprised of 166 accredited schools across 11 foreign countries, two U.S. territories, and seven states (Department of Defense Education Activity [DoDEA], 2018). The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA, 2018) serves over 72,000 children of active-duty military and DoD civilian families. DoDEA (2018) is committed to providing and ensuring that all school-aged children of military families have a high-quality education that prepares them for postsecondary education and career success. This groundwork allows graduates to be leading contributors in their communities and society. As a part of this transient community, students may miss anywhere from a week to a month or more on family vacations or what is referred to as permanent change of station (PCS) moves during the school year (DoDEA, 2018).

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