Date of Award

Fall 2022

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Director of Thesis

Dr. Catherine Keyser

First Reader

Michelle Vitelli

Second Reader

Michelle Vitelli


“The Good Soldier: A Look at the Stigma and Stereotypes of the US Military” examines the stigma associated with mental health as well as gender stereotypes and bias in the United States military. It uses my personal experience in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program as well as research to show the institutionalization of stigma and stereotypes. The purpose of this thesis is to spread awareness and question why this stigma exists. I will find correlations between mental health and stereotypes and their overlap as a service member in the military. My personal memoir coupled with research on stigma and stereotypes will create a powerful message that there are institutional problems within the military, but change can happen.

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