College Credit For Military Job Experience (Army, Navy and Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Veterans)

"College Credit For Military Job Experience (Army, Navy and Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Veterans)" submitted by SchoolGrantsfor Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 9th January 2012

Pursuing your college degree can be the best career move you can make, but it can also be very expensive and time consuming. That's why claiming credit for your military experience is vital. Applying your military experience credits could save you as much as $600 and 5 months on a typical 3-credit college course. Best of all, using these college credits costs you nothing; you've already earned them!

Credit for Prior Training is that which applies to the program of education currently being pursued and which shortens the program accordingly. The first step to claiming the credits you have earned is to request a transcript from your military service. Each service will provide unofficial personal copies and send schools an official copy of your transcript at no charge.

Each service branch has their own system for recording your military education and experience credits. It is the student’s responsibility to:

Most credit-for-career experience programs apply only to undergraduate degrees—associate degrees or bachelors degrees. It is rare for an accredited online graduate degree program to award credit for experience.

If you encounter an online graduate school that advertises master's or doctorate degrees based solely on life experience, check accreditation carefully. You are almost certainly dealing with an online degree mill. Degree mills are fake colleges that “mill” or crank out worthless paper degrees to thousands of unsuspecting students each year.

Academic transcript system

To facilitate program assessment and student counseling, transcripts of military training and experience to Soldiers and Veterans of the Army, Army National Guard, Navy/Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard and US Army Reserve is followed. In a format similar to a collegiate record, the transcript would provide a uniform and permanent record of a military academic history. The transcript would list all military personnel training and subject tests of DANTES as well as the results of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) with the corresponding college credit recommendations. The transcript would also list college credits earned through Tuition Assistance (TA) and the Program for Afloat College Education (PACE).

American Sentinel recommends you have your military transfer credit reviewed by ACE to ensure that full online transfer credits for your specific military experience is awarded. If you do not already have copies of your military transcripts, use the following links to provide transcripts of military training and experience to Soldiers and Veterans of the Army, Army National Guard, Navy/Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard and US Army Reserve:

More details: ACE credits for Army, Navy and Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Veterans

military's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

Special Note : Any veteran who has completed at least one year of active duty service with an honorable discharge is entitled to seven hours of military credit.

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