Missing in Action: Noncombat Military Personnel in Post-9/11 Military Fiction


Erica Ferron

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Heather Martin


Military, Fiction, Noncombat, Personnel, Creative, Capstone


This capstone explores military service from a perspective that is often missing from fiction: that of the noncombat soldier. The creative portion follows a former US Navy sailor as she acclimates to life in the civilian world. The analysis essay contextualizes the creative portion in relation to other post 9-11 military fiction, positing that a fuller portrayal of the military in fiction, specifically in contexts outside of the combat experience, is essential to how society as a whole thinks about military service. The analysis takes an established argument that fiction influences how people think and make decisions and argues that a myopic view of the military in fiction stymies a nuanced discussion of military policy and funding.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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