If you are a young military recruit, or perhaps still in the process of applying for a position within the United States Armed Services, perhaps college is the last thing on your mind. You may be distracted by the upcoming adventure and service to your country. In this article I will give you some tips on how you can start planning for your college education for both during and after your military enlistment period.
The United States Armed Services provides a great number of benefits to those who join its ranks. One of these benefits is the opportunity to earn a college degree through military scholarship and military credit.
In addition to many local scholarships for military veterans including but not limited to the GI Bill, you can also jump-start your college education while you are still serving. This will not take away from your military service, but will certainly put you much closer to earning your degree once you get out of the service.
You can earn a great number of college credit from your military service and training, as long as you know how to ask for it. Between bootcamp and on the job training, you will qualify for perhaps a years worth of college credit, without having to do any extra work. These are awarded for your actual military training.
But the military credit earnings don't end here. Your military career will likely take you to remote portions of the globe where attending college is not an option. But you will also spend part of your service on US soil, perhaps close enough to a local college where you can take classes. If your shore duty has regular hours, perhaps a day or evening shift, you can take a college class or two during your free time.
You can even take classes when you are deployed oversees. Most military bases and ships will provide you with regular internet access. You can use this to your advantage by applying to an online college or military college that allows you to earn credit without attending a physical classroom. You will be required to log in on a regular basis. However, your assignments can you completed offline. This means that after your working hours, night or day, you should be able to find a few hours of downtime in which you can complete your homework assignment and studies.
And while earning credits this way will be slower than attending traditional college as a full-time student, they will add up slowly over time. Perhaps you will manage to complete a year or two worth of college classes during a 4-year military tour. Add this to your bootcamp requirements and you have your associates degree right there.
Once you get out of the service you will be required to take a few additional classes to complete your degree, but instead of 4 years, this may take you between 1-2 years.