Military Culture Course Modules

The four modules of the Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals course are listed below. Upon successful completion of the final test in each module, non-VA providers will be given a link to a form to complete and submit via email to EESEPC@va.gov to receive their CEUs.

Module 1: Self-Assessment and Introduction to Military Ethos - In this first module, you will be given the opportunity to reflect on your own beliefs and potential biases that might impact your work with Service members, Veterans, and family members.  A conceptual framework for military culture will be introduced as the first step in increasing your knowledge about military ethos and its impact on psychological health and treatment. Click here for the course brochure.  

Non-VA Providers Module 1 VA Providers - TMS

Module 2: Military Organization and Roles - In this second module, the focus will be on the more visible or surface aspects of the military culture that can be observed “above the waterline”.  You will gain an understanding of how some of the more material or tangible elements of the military such as its organizational structure, contracts, occupational roles, and customs function to reinforce military ethos and culture. In other words, while many of these visible aspects persist because of tradition, they all serve as visible manifestations of the underlying ethos. Click here for the course brochure.  

Non-VA Providers Module 2 VA Providers - TMS

Module 3: Stressors and Resources - This module focuses on the most common stressors in military culture and their impact on Service members and Veterans.  You will learn about common stressors across different contexts and populations, stressors associated with the military deployment cycle from both a Service member and family member perspective, the most common reactions related to military life stressors, and some of the military support systems and services that have been developed in an attempt to offset stressors. Click here for the course brochure.

Non-VA Providers Module 3 VA Providers - TMS

Module 4: Treatment, Resources, and Tools​ - This fourth module will focus on integrating what you’ve already learned about military culture into your assessment and treatment of health problems impacting Service members and Veterans.  You’ll be given tools for assessing the impact of military culture on the health and well-being of your patients.  You’ll be directed towards guidelines that incorporate elements of military culture for some of the health-related conditions that are most common in military populations.  Finally, you’ll be given a self-assessment tool for military culture competence, and a checklist that incorporates the cultural vital signs you’ve seen throughout this course. Click here for the course brochure.

Non-VA Providers Module 4 VA Providers - TMS