“As a military veteran and now small business owner providing technology to the US military, I know how important education and knowledge are to success. I lend my full support to Thomas University because it uniquely focuses on our wonderful service members. Thomas’ Center for Military Life is but one way this University devotes its passion for our military men and women entering, serving, or transitioning to veteran status. Thomas University is a special educational institution deserving of community, business, and institutional support.”
Mary Lockhart, Founder PEMDAS Technologies & Innovations
Service members learn how to function as an individual in the context of a team. Football mirrors that and it replicates the comradery of service life. Reinforcing those skills and values while veterans prepare for future careers means net zero waste.
In addition to mentoring from coaching staff—some with prior military service—TU is integrating its nationally recognized master's degree program in Counseling to provide both mental health and career counseling services.
Yes. The NAIA Sun Conference will sanction football and begin competing in 2023.
Army, Navy, and Air Force have NCAA D1 teams. TU Night Hawks compete at the NAIA D1 level (comparable to NCAA DII). This allows for overall greater flexibility between athletics, academics, and lifestyle — making more opportunities for more veterans to play.
Yes. Rather than “walk” on and win a spot on a conventional team, however, veterans are our first choice. As a transition program, our athletes can find purpose and finish their degrees without being the outlier in the context of a regular college football program.
Our athletes are people who come from military bases and communities just like yours! Football team members generally range in age from 18-26. They are active duty military veterans, members of the Georgia National Guard, and Military Reserves. Nearly every branch of service is represented on the team but we’re looking forward to welcoming a member from the Space Force eventually.
Army, Navy, and Air Force have NCAA D1 teams that are commissioning programs. TU Night Hawks compete at the NAIA D1 level (comparable to NCAA DII) and the program is designed for any rank transitioning into or out of national service. This allows for overall greater flexibility between athletics, academics, and lifestyle — making more opportunities for all who take an oath of service to play.
Located on the Florida/Georgia line, the university is in easy proximity to 23 major military installations and 6 National Defense Industrial Association chapters.
Thomas University is the only private university offering bachelor and master degrees in South Georgia that serves both active duty and veteran students. Our Center for Military Life provides programming that supports the entire life cycle of service members through special arrangements with partners like the Community College of the Air Force and Defense Acquisition University.
Because a healthy, drug-free, educated, skilled, trained, cleared, workforce is the best investment we can make in the defense industrial base.
If you are interested in learning about providing internships, employment opportunities, mentoring or other ways you can support this innovative veterans transition program, please reach out to Kurt Stringfellow at email@example.com or call 229.221.4625.
If you want to learn more about this program, visit thomasu.edu/military-football-program.
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