Is it hard doing your military work while getting a college degree?
I didn’t take classes, only CLEP exams. Those are exams that you can take to ‘skip ahead’ quicker towards your degree. I was out for about 18 months and then re-enlisted and spent another 18 1/2 years to get to retirement.
If you put your mind to it, you can get your degree & serve. Then if you decide to leave military service or stay until 20+ years, you will be better for it.
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The advice above is very good. I do want to add a little bit about your lead up to going into the service. When do you leave for basic training? One of the best things you can do right now is focus on graduating from high school and preparing yourself for the next chapter of your life. If you're not a regular running or other strength exercises, I recommend you get on a regimen that will get you ready to go. The recruiter can offer you some recommendations so you don't overdue it. The military is one of the few jobs that pays you to stay fit. Enjoy it. After training, you will go to a technical school to learn your trade. You want to be 100% focused on this training. There will be a lot of distractions including from friends. Study hard at tech school and when you get to your first base, just focus on learning your skill the best you can. You will know when the right time to start your education again.
I have been in the Navy for seven years and I am pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. The Navy offers Tuition Assistance to its Sailors, allowing you to complete 18 credit hours per year for free. Also, all active duty military members have the ability to take every CLEP and DANTES test for free. These tests will help accelerate your completion of a college degree. I’ve been taking advantage of these so that I do not have to worry about spending extra money on my education.
While on deployment, your free time is limited. The free time that you have needs to be dedicated to your education if you want to complete your degree in a reasonable amount of time. It will be difficult, but you can achieve it. It is best to leave work at work, and focus on bettering yourself in your free time.
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It will depend on your branch of service, your job (MOS), and the conditions under which you serve.