Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Emmett Burkeen, Seth Farley, Delbert Hayden

Degree Program

Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Degree Type

Education Specialist


The purpose of this study was to analyze the counseling services provided by the Fort Knox Armor School to its students. Interviews and survey questionnaires were utilized to gather data for the study. Interviews were utilized to obtain information regarding the structure of the present counseling services program at the Fort Knox Armor School. Opinions regarding the present structure were twofold:

  1. The present counseling services are adequate
  2. A counseling services program comparable to a modern educational institution does not exist

Survey questionnaires were given to five different Armor School student groups.

  1. Armor Officer Basic (AOB)
  2. Armor Officer Advanced Course (AOAC)
  3. Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer's Course (ANCOC)
  4. Turret Mechanic Course (TM)
  5. Tract Vehicle Mechanic (TVM)

In addition, a survey questionnaire was given to:

  1. Faculty Advisors and Faculty Sponsors
  2. Unit and Company Commanders
  3. Faculty members

The objectives of the study were:

  1. To determine student awareness and utilization of the existing counseling services program
  2. To determine counseling techniques used
  3. To determine counselor expertise and knowledge
  4. To determine degree of confidentiality maintained

The survey questionnaire was the main instrument used in gathering data regarding the objectives of the study.

Some general conclusions resulting from the study were:

  1. Greater student understanding of the counselor role is necessary
  2. Confidentiality and counselor expertise is affected by years of military service, military rank, and academic efficiency report

  3. A booklet containing referral services should be available to those who perform counseling duties

  4. Company Commanders and TAC NCO need to be more informed regarding student curriculum requirements and should be more visible in student training areas

  5. A counselor training course is necessary for those who perform counseling duties

  6. A full time certified counselor is necessary to provide leadership, continuity, and supervision for the counseling program


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Student Counseling and Personnel Services