Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Terrance McAdoo


This qualitative action research study examines the impact of COVID-19 on Airmen serving in the aircraft armament systems career field, while also studying the utilization of mental health resources among those same Airmen. Nine Airmen chose to participate in interviews, received an intervention in the form of a resource guide outlining mental health resources offered on-base, and received a second interview to measure any changes in attitude. Respondents found COVID-19 impacted their workload negatively, and adversely affected their personal lives. Culturally, there is an unenthusiastic viewpoint on mental health assistance, which leads many Airmen to suffer in silence and not seek the help they need. Although the resource guide had no immediate impact on the likelihood of the participants using mental health resources, they felt it would greatly benefit their peers. Further research is needed to study the long-term effects of a resource guide for other Airmen in aircraft maintenance occupations.


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