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Education and military experience don't have to be at odds with one another. In fact, it's perfectly possible to pursue an education while you are still part of the service. Below are a few ways you can help to make higher education fit into a military schedule.

Use Military Experience to Count Towards Class Credits

One of the best ways to ensure that your education and military duties don't interfere with one another is to minimize the amount of time you are required to spend in class. Many universities offer some type of credit for coursework or training done while in the service, so make sure that you ask your college advisor about the possibility of getting class credits. Some schools will give you generic class credit for this, but others may even allow you to get credit for classes required by your major. While getting these credits is never a guarantee, it doesn't hurt to ask.

Take Online Courses

Attending an online university for military personnel is also a great way to help ensure that you're able to progress through your classes without abdicating your other responsibilities. Online classes tend to be exceptionally flexible about how you do your work, so you'll be able to leverage what free time you have in a way that makes graduation a little more feasible.

Talk to Superior Officers

It's also a good idea to talk to your superior officers about your plans to pursue higher education. Your officers may know about specific programs that can help soldiers in your position or they may even have advice culled from their own experience pursuing a degree. Talking to your superior officer is a great way to get the kind of practical information that you just can't get anywhere else.

Take Advantage of Educational Benefits

Finally, make sure that you take advantage of the educational benefits guaranteed to you by the government. The GI Bill will help you to pay for at least some of your college, while a wealth of other programs can help you with everything from paying for your books to housing. It's a good idea to work together with a college counselor to figure out exactly what benefits you are due and how you can use with at your school of choice.
It's not impossible to get a degree on a military schedule. Make sure you do your research and choose the options that are most reasonable for your lifestyle. If you can put in the work, there are systems in place to help you graduate with a degree.
Posted By: Hannah Whittenly
Thursday, November 14th 2019 at 6:05PM
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