Training Available to Better Understand Our Military-Affiliated Students

December 7, 2015

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Jacksonville University is proud to be one of the most military-friendly campuses in the United States, with designations as a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School, U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Veterans, and Military Advanced Education & Transition Top School for Military/Veteran Education. We value our military students not only for their service to our country but also the leadership, life experience and maturity they bring to the educational environment on our campus.

Our faculty and staff are essential leaders in the successful assimilation of military students into the Jacksonville University community. We thank you for your efforts. To enable all of us to better understand the background and challenges of our military students, we have developed two initiatives:

Military 101 Understanding Students with a Military Affiliation

This document is located on the My JU Portal under “Training.” It provides an overview and was designed to assist Jacksonville University faculty and staff in better understanding the background and experience of military members who matriculate at our University. This overview provides information on Military Students in the Classroom, Military Branches, Military Rank Structure, and Points to Remember.

Green Zone Training

Green Zone training is for faculty and staff who wish to learn more about the military-affiliated student experience. Its goals are to train members of the Jacksonville University community to know more about the issues and concerns faced by military-affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population. Through this training, faculty and staff can lend a sympathetic ear and help the student veteran identify and connect with the appropriate resources. Participants who complete the training will receive a sign to display in their office and have their name listed on our website as having completed the training. Green Zone training opportunities are listed below:

  • Monday January 11, 2016
    BRCHS, Room 146
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016
    Stein Board RM
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    DCOB, Room 159
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    Stein Board RM
  • Thursday March 3, 2016
    Council, Room 133
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    Stein Board RM
  • Thursday March 31, 2016
    Swisher Theater
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    Stein Board RM

Lunch will be provided for each of these training periods.Brigadier General (ret) Michael Fleming, JU Chief Government, Military and Community Relations Officer, will provide the training, which will include a question-and-answer period.

I will attend the first session, as these sessions will not only enhance our knowledge but also send a powerful message to our student veterans of their value to our University.Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you there. Please register by emailing


Tim Cost
Jacksonville University
Class of 1981