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Is it possible to do college/earn college credit while being in the military?

Have not started working towards college credit yet, unsure if I'm able to earn degrees in the military or if its only possible after serving or before enlisting.

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Scott’s Answer

Online schooling has dramatically changed in the last few years. Given the opportunities available, you should have no problem taking e-courses. There would be 2 points of consideration you need to look at though. 1) For in person learning, many military installations are not within an easy commute of a college. 2) Depending on your job, you may be gone for extended periods of time with little to no internet access. ( Army and Marine Combat arms units routinely spend 7-30 days /'in the field' ) My best advice is to serve 3-4 years of active duty, then go to a full time college. My experience is a little out of date as I went to college some time back, but I really benefitted from 3 years of active duty and the discipline it instilled in me. I feel being just a few years older and wiser than my freshman peers (when I got off active duty) really benefitted me at a brick and mortar college.
Thank you comment icon Good to know, thank you Mr. Dunne Marco
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Jorge’s Answer

From what I understand, basic and technical training while in the military could transfer over as credits towards your associate's and bachelor's degrees. Especially if your MOS lines up with the degree you are trying to earn. For example, if your logistics is your MOS the military will provide on-the-job training, OJT. This could be considered as credits. When you apply and register for school I would advise asking the guidance counselor what credits could be transferable or honored as credits.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Marco, thank you for your question. Yes, it is possible to earn college credits while you are still in the military. You can also go to school while you serve you don't have to wait until you get out, today college is more accessible than it was when the military first started this program. You can go online or in person. Best of luck
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Scott’s Answer

Fantastic question! I am currently serving in the active duty Army and have been for about 11 years now. The military, all branches, have a program called tuitions assistance that allows you to continue your college education throughout the fiscal year. You can use this program for online or distance learning college courses, which is what I am doing right now. This program can be used in conjunction with your post 9/11 GI bill, so it’s free extra money for school! Hope this helps!
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Garrett’s Answer

I have a lot of friends that have served or are currently serving in the military. While it is definitely an option to do school while serving, and is definitely an ambitious goal, the path I have seen most of my military buddies take is to do their time serving, and then return to school afterwards. The military almost always provides financial scholarships in return for service and it would be harder to find a school that doesn't accept this financial support rather than one that does accept it.
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