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Top 5 Reasons to Pursue a Degree When in the Military

As a member of the military, you have access to a variety of resources for planning and funding your education. Many people postpone their schooling until after they finish active duty, but why wait when you can start studying now? If you’re not sure when or where to begin, check out these top 5 reasons to pursue a degree when in the military.

5. Take advantage of military services. When you’re serving in the military, it can be easy to get help planning your education. While you can seek assistance within your branch of the armed forces, many schools also offer specialized help for military students. Academic and financial advisors can provide info on how to make the most out of your military aid and help you design a schedule that works for you.

4. Work at an accelerated pace. When you enroll in school part-time, you can participate in accelerated programs that are geared toward working adult students like you. It can be easy to find a school that can work with your busy schedule while earning an Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or more. Keep in mind that some schools may accept military training for college credit.

3. Study with flexibility. Your service to your country always comes first, and military-friendly schools [] can understand this. That’s why many schools offer online courses that allow you to work toward your degree as long as you have computer and internet access. The flexibility of online classes can be helpful for military students who are serving overseas or who simply want to study and take tests while serving our country. Even if you suddenly get deployed, military-friendly schools may be able to work with your demands.

2. Save time. You can make a smoother transition from military to civilian life by getting your education sooner rather than later. Instead of enrolling in school full-time after you’re discharged, you could immediately continue your career or start a new one.

1. Save money. If you have paid for GI Bill® benefits, you have between 10 and 15 years to apply those benefits as you pursue an education. However, the military also offers Tuition Assistance of up to $4,500 a year for your studies, but you may be only eligible for this funding while you’re on active duty.

By earning your degree while you serve, you may even be able to apply your knowledge to your current military career. Depending on your occupation within the military, achieving an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree may increase your eligibility for a promotion.

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