Advice For Military Students
The U.S. military offers its personnel the opportunity to follow many different career paths but it is not always easy to strike a balance between the demands of education and military life. Here is some sound advice to make getting an education less of a struggle while you are serving in the U.S. military.
1. Seek advice from a career counsellor before enrolling
A career counsellor is there to discuss education options with service members. The counsellor will be able to offer expert advice and guidance on the benefits offered by military college and how your military career may be advanced through gaining qualifications and training in college.
The counsellor will be able to advise you on which schools are the most military-friendly; which offer credit transfer options to service personnel and which have special tuition rates.
2. Discuss your plans with your superiors and tutors
You must inform members of your chain of command and your university advisor about your current situation. If your superiors are aware that you have college obligations, they will see that special duties that are scheduled for outside of your usual working hours could potential be problematic.
Similarly, making sure that your tutors understand the demands of your military career will allow them to work with you when planning your study schedules.
3. Don’t sign up for too many classes
Military service commitments do not allow much time for service members to commit to studying. For this reason it is generally recommended that military personnel do not sign up for more than one or two classes.
You should allow three hours’ study time outside of classes for each credit hour. This is pretty accurate and is a great way of working out just how many courses you will have sufficient time to commit yourself to. Remember, it’s much better to tackle one course at a time and pass with flying colours than to overcommit yourself and end up struggling.
4. Think of the future
Military life is by its very nature unpredictable. Think carefully about how the course credits at your school of choice will transfer to other schools. You may be reassigned; deployed abroad or be affected by some other unexpected event which could interfere with attending school and completing course work and assignments.
When considering which courses to enrol in, try to pick one that offers online study as an option so that you can continue your course even if you are relocated unexpectedly.
Studying in college is not easy for serving military personnel and there is much to consider. Make sure that the school, course and schedule you choose fit into your life and allow flexibility should your circumstances change.
A good balance between work and study will go a long way to ensuring success in both these important areas of your life.