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How to Earn College Credit for Your Military Training

How to Earn College Credit for Your Military Training
Posted By: Dixie Somers on January 04, 2023

Are you a veteran looking to use your military experience to jumpstart your college career? Many colleges and universities offer the opportunity to earn college credit for military training. If you’re looking to save time and money on your academic journey, this is a great way to do it. Read on for more information about earning college credit for your military training.

How It Works

Most online universities for military personnel will allow service members to receive credit for approved courses taken during their active duty service. This includes classes taken in-person or online, as well as apprenticeships, job certifications, and other learning activities that were part of their duties. The amount of credits students can receive varies from school to school; some institutions award up to 9 credits for a single course.

The process typically involves submitting copies of transcripts or other documents that prove you completed the training, along with an appropriate application fee. It’s important to note that not all schools will accept military training for college credit; make sure you check with your institution before applying.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for college credit, students must meet certain requirements, such as having completed basic training or advanced individual training (AIT).

Generally speaking, the more specialized the training is, the more likely it is that the student will receive college credit. For example, medical and technical courses are usually eligible since they require specific knowledge and skill sets that are applicable in many industries.

In addition, some schools will also require that students have a minimum score on military exams or tests in order to qualify for college credit. The requirements vary from institution to institution, so be sure to check with your school before applying.


Not only can earning credit through military training save you time and money on tuition costs, but it can also give you a head start when it comes to your education. In addition, by taking the courses needed to earn credits while still in the service, students can get their degree faster and get into the job market sooner. Plus, having college credit recognized on your resume can make you more competitive in the job market as employers tend to favor candidates who have formal education.

If you’ve served in the military and are ready to start exploring educational opportunities at a college or university level, don’t forget about your past experiences—they could help you get ahead. Earning college credit for your military training can be a great way to save money and time on your degree path while still receiving quality education. Just make sure you check with your institution before applying so you know what eligibility requirements must be met first.
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