Attending College While in the Military

Attending College While in the Military
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    There are a lot of life situations that can preclude virtually anyone from attending college.

    These include the handicapped, mothers at home caring for children, and many others.


Soldiers Can Benefit From Attending College

But when it comes to those who could probably most benefit from college coursework, but unable to attend traditional classes, those in the military are close to being in a class–pardon the pun–by themselves.

After all, of all the excuses that professors have heard from a student for not attending class, “I was out on a mission to find insurgents,” is probably one that is rarely heard. For better or for worse, this kind of problem is common for military members.

A Win-Win For Colleges And Military

The good news in this is to a great extent colleges and universities around the world are recognizing the tremendous opportunities they can take advantage of by providing educational opportunities to soldiers, sailors, and marines stationed nearly everywhere.

And not only does this present a good opportunity to the institutions themselves, but it is also important to note that individual services recognize the benefit that they enjoy by a better educated member, and have never failed to recognize the work undertaken by these personnel when it comes to providing incentives for these courses.

Benefits For Soldier Students

It is obvious that institutions of higher learning are working to provide more educational opportunities to service members. These take the form of qualified professors, course materials, and other extras.

At the same time, however, it is also important to realize that the individual services have also done their part to facilitate their members by not only providing facilities for classrooms, time off for coursework, and other allowances, but there are also other incentives such as tuition grants, loans, and other benefits.

Benefits For The Military

The net result in all of this is not only a better educated service member, but one that will benefit themselves, whether they choose to remain in the military as a career or not. Besides receiving an education that can help a service member in whatever his job might be at the time, it also eases the need for the military to provide after hours activities for service members as well as giving him or her an extra boost in qualifications after they separate from the service to begin their post-military career.

The advantages are the same. The service member who takes the initiative to earn a better education benefits not only himself and the individual services, but it also results in a better job candidate after their civilian career has begun.


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