For Service Members
You’ve already shown you have the discipline it takes to commit, persevere and follow through on your mission. You also have what it takes to pursue other goals, including a degree or career advancement. Military OneSource can put you on the path to achieve your education and employment goals, providing helpful information, strategies and resources on preparing for higher education, choosing a college or securing a meaningful job.
What Service Members Need to Know About Employment
You’re closing the chapter on your military life and opening a new one. This means transitioning from being a soldier to a civilian employee in a company, nonprofit organization or maybe the government. As a service member, you have many resources available to help you with this significant change. Here’s an overview of what you need to know as you seek employment.
How to Use the Military Tuition Assistance Program
If you've thought about going to college, but didn't know if you could afford it, then the Military Tuition Assistance program may be just the benefit you need. The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members. While the decision to pursue a degree may be a difficult one personally, TA can lessen your financial concerns considerably, since it now pays up to 100 percent of tuition expenses for semester hours costing $250 or less.
TA DECIDE — Make Informed Decisions About Your Education
The first step in your education plan is choosing the right school. The Department of Defense has developed the TA DECIDE tool to make it easier than ever to compare schools and programs to help you meet your education goals.
College Navigator — Find the School That’s Right for You
Take control over the next step in your education by finding the right postsecondary school for you. The College Navigator, a free online tool from the National Center for Education Statistics, can help you with your search. The tool provides a wide range of information for more than 7,000 postsecondary education institutions, allowing you to compare schools' features that are most important to you.
Need Money for Higher Education?
Don’t think you can afford college? Think again. In addition to military tuition assistance and Department of Veterans Affairs education programs, numerous loans and opportunities are available to help you fund the next step in your education.
What Service Members Should Know When Choosing a College
Thinking about college? You already have the discipline it takes to pursue higher education. From big universities to small colleges, you have plenty of options and each has something unique to offer. Here’s how to compare your college options and find the right institution for your education goals.
An Explanation of Education Advancement Exams
You’ve been tested before and have the determination it takes to study hard and be prepared. Doing so on education advancement exams, which assess your skills, can help you earn your degree faster. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, offers free or discounted tests for military members.
Job Fair Success Strategies
Job fairs are a great opportunity to network and may be a required step in the employment process. In order to make the most of these opportunities, set realistic expectations for what you hope to achieve. Prepare for the job fair like you would for an interview, have a plan for when you arrive, make a good impression with the recruiters and be sure to follow up with any connections you make.
5 Steps to Prepare for Higher Education
Perhaps you’ve decided to pick up some new valuable skills. Maybe you’re leaving the service and need to re-create yourself. No matter why you’re pursuing higher education, you need a game plan — a course of action to get you from today to that moment you walk across the stage holding your diploma in hand. Here are some practical steps to take.
Principles of Excellence — Protect Your Education Experience
The Principles of Excellence are designed to ensure a fulfilling educational experience, providing you with personal and professional development opportunities to assist in your military career and your transition to the civilian workforce. Furthermore, the principles protect service members from predatory and misleading behavior from educational institutions.
Voluntary Education Contacts
Contact information for the Department of Defense service-specific Voluntary Education Program is provided to assist service members in contacting their respective education professionals, who can provide additional information and education support.
The Joint Services Transcript for Military Personnel
When you convert your military experience into civilian college credit, you save time and money on your education. The Joint Services Transcript provides documented evidence to colleges and universities of professional military education, training and occupation experiences achieved by service members and veterans.
10 Attributes for a Successful Job Search
As a service member, you’ve already got a strong skill set to make you an asset in the workplace. Many of those same skills can be applied in finding the right job in the first place. Here are ten skills to master when searching and interviewing for a position.