The Benefits of College Study while You Are in the Military

Jaime Dalbke

Years ago, military personnel wasted a lot of idle time playing cards or reading magazines in the barracks. Now that has all changed. More men and women in uniform are using their time to pursue college degrees online.

According to "Online Degrees Offer Soldiers More Opportunities," a recent article by Natasha Bright in TRCB.com, more and more military personnel are discovering the efficiency of studying online. According to Bright, "Soldiers have always reported that one of the greatest challenges they face in serving is the rigorous schedules that they are forced to work on. For this reason, many soldiers have commonly felt that schooling was simply not a feasible option. More and more that is simply becoming untrue as colleges open up more flexible and unique education programs to allow students to earn their degree online."

When you stop to think about it, it makes a lot of sense to take college courses online while you are still in uniform. Here are some key reasons . . .
  • You can probably obtain financial assistance from the government. The Post-911 GI Bill is designed to help pay educational costs - even the cost of housing and textbooks - for soldiers, veterans, and reservists. To learn more, visit The Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). According to some estimates, as many as 385,000 active military personnel and veterans are already taking advantage of this bill.
  • You can take online courses anywhere. Are you in Afghanistan? Germany? Fort Dix? It doesn't matter. And your coursework will not be interrupted if you are transferred.
  • The classroom is open 24/7. That's ideal for military personnel who work odd and off hours.
  • The courses you take can make it easier for you transition into civilian life. "Wide reports suggest that soldiers who focus on their education and earn an advanced degree while in the service may have an easier time transitioning into civilian life after they leave the service," Bright reports.
  • A growing number of colleges are granting credit for online coursework. Straighterline, offers online college courses that are accepted at many U.S. colleges.

In summary . . .

Online study makes a lot of sense for military personnel and vets. Financial aid is available, and the number of online college course offerings is growing quickly. If you qualify, it's an opportunity you shouldn't ignore.

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