CLASSIFIED — For Military Eyes ONLY!

CLASSIFIED — For Military Eyes ONLY!

If you are serving a career in the military, you can advance yourself through the ranks with a powerful tool— education.

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. --- Machiavelli

Education and training are key to career success for service members and veterans. You’ve seen that your whole time of service, haven’t you?

Well, now it’s your turn. Thanks to both your military experience and your eligible benefits, you have several unique opportunities available.

One amazing opportunity is the “Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges” (SOC)— a consortium of colleges and universities. This institution assists servicemembers and their families, helping them to earn college degrees, by allowing for easy transfer of credits.

Okay, others of you, so you’ve decided. You’re getting out?

And what about your future, when the time comes to return to civilian life? There are plenty of choices to make, and many good ones.

If you are about to leave the military, you can begin to equip yourself for advancement in the civilian world, with the same awesome tool— Education.

Here are some amazing resources to help you can start exploring Post-Secondary Education & Training—

For all military branches and services, try DANTES— it’s mission is to support the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense. DANTES conducts special projects and development activities in support of education-related functions of the Department.

For Army veterans, another great link is COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) . COOL explains how Army Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs).

Use COOL to get background information about civilian licensure and certification. Identify licenses and certifications relevant to YOUR Army MOSs. Learn how to fill gaps between Army training and experience and civilian credentialing requirements. Learn about resources available to Soldiers that can help them gain civilian job credentials. Credentialing requirements information currently includes enlisted and Warrant Officer MOSs.

Then there is the U. S. Department of Education. All Vets should take full advantage of it’s National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Project Personnel. (NAVUBPP) is the professional association for Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) staff personnel. Veterans Upward Bound projects serve eligible veterans across the nation.

Veterans Upward Bound projects, supported by NAVUBPP are dedicated to fully develop the personal potential of all U.S. military veterans. VUB Staff and instructors assist veterans by developing, improving, and extending educational access and opportunities to eligible veterans through academic needs assessment, instruction, enrichment, and other academic support activities.

Communication and cooperative effort with schools, communities, agencies and other organizations at the local, state, regional, and national level are among the other primary functions of NAVUBPP…which also seeks to improve services and educational opportunities for veterans by serving as a forum for exchange of knowledge and ideas. NAVUBPP provides for continuing professional development of VUB staff members, and serves as a network of communication for information related to quality delivery of veterans’ services. NAVUBPP also encourages professional research and publication, as well as cooperative effort with other organizations committed to serving veterans and addressing veterans’ issues.

Forty-six Veterans Upward Bound projects are currently funded across the U.S. An annual conference— with emphasis on professional development of individual members and VUB project staff— is the highlight activity each year for the Association.

Remember, through SOC, military students can take courses in their off-duty hours, at various locations at or near military installations in the United States, overseas, and on Navy ships.

Here are some links to help get you started…

You have the world at your door, and help in paying for it. You earned this incredible chance.

Active service members and veterans alike— take full advantage of all these higher educational opportunities.

You served, now reap the rewards. Military assistance is classified, yours only. Not for civilians.

Step up, and promote yourself with the degree you’ve always dreamed of attaining!

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