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4 Tips for Attending School While You're in the Military

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4 Tips for Attending School While You
Posted By: Anita Ginsburg on April 02, 2020

Deciding to join the military is a noble decision. Wanting to protect your country and serve others is a full-time job, which often means putting educational goals on hold. Thatís not to say it's not possible, but it does take careful planning.


Thankfully, education has come a long way. Now, itís possible to earn a degree from just about anywhere in the world, even if youíre deployed. The key is staying focused and creating an educational plan that suits your learning style and current life situation.


Be Flexible


Even if youíre only in the Reserves, you should look for a school that offers various ways to learn. Traditional courses, online options, and even night school should be available.


While you may need to rethink the college you want to attend, being able to customize your education while in the military should be top priority. If youíre active duty, itís even more important to have the flexibility of attending classes online, around your full-time commitment.


Determine Educational Goals


Before you make a final decision, you need to set your educational goals.



You also need to know which courses are required for your desired degree, which ones are transferable, and whether youíll need to sit for exams.


All of this should be considered prior to choosing your college. For example, if you attended community college prior to joining the service, those courses may be transferable for credit to certain schools. This not only shortens the duration of your coursework, but also lowers the cost of your degree.


Stay Organized


Being active duty and trying to earn a degree takes organization. In fact, you need to regiment every free minute you have to complete your degree without trying to simply squeeze learning into an already packed schedule. However, many online colleges for military tailor coursework to accommodate the varying schedules. Distance learning for military personnel is designed to work around your schedule while still providing you with a quality education.


Ask for Help


There's nothing wrong with needing a helping hand, especially when you're juggling a full-time military career and earning a degree. If you're feeling overwhelmed, reach out to family and friends for support. Even a commanding officer can offer guidance in how to manage your time commitments.


Attending school while serving in the military does come with a specific set of challenges. However, with a little advanced planning, you can earn your degree while serving your country.


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