Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 23, 2009

Five Tips to Earn Your Degree While You Serve Your Country

loss_fig06bInterestingly enough, only about 60% of vets use their education benefits (up from 52% in 1997). If you’re considering the military, reimbursed education is one of the big benefits provided for our soldiers.

Popularly called the GI Bill, this education reimbursement is for military folk with at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, it covers:

Five Tips to Earn Your Degree in the Military

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According to most surveys, education is the number one reason given for joining the military. Then why do so many service members put off their education goals until they leave the military?

Many veterans find it more difficult to pursue their education when they get out of the military and end up missing out on their education benefits. The truth is it’s rare to find an employer that offers as much education support as the military and it is usually much harder to go to school part time as a civilian.

During the increased wartime op tempo, it’s difficult to focus on getting your education. But the Department of Defense is serious about helping you earn your degree. The military offers mobile testing sites, classrooms, the Internet and many other ways for you to pursue your education goals. In fact, I know an Airman who has earned three associate’s degrees, a bachelor’s degree and an MBA (Master of Business Administration)—all on active duty. (more)

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