Choosing a career in the military isn’t necessarily a simple process.
There’s a lot to consider, including exactly how far you want to advance.
If you’re considering the use of higher education to advance towards – and through – a military career, you’ll want to keep these four tips in mind.
Find an ROTC Program
If you are considering joining the military after college and you’re interested in becoming an officer, joining the ROTC is an excellent idea. While this program will ask quite a bit of you during college, it’s a great way to get started on your career while you are still working on your degree. Most major universities have some kind of ROTC program and you can ask a local officer for more information about the requirements to join.
Talk to a Superior Officer
If you are already in the military, your superior officer might be your best source of information. He or she has access to information about military programs as well as courses of study that might legitimately improve your odds of promotion in the future.
Your superior officer certainly has a good idea of what type of education is needed to progress through the ranks, so make sure to talk to him or her about your future when possible.
Look into Government Benefits
You should also make sure that you look into government benefits to help you pay for your education. Not only does the GI Bill help to pay for college, but there are many other government programs that can help you take classes while you are still in the service. Working on your degree at a school like the University of Maryland University College is certainly a much more obtainable goal when you make use of the tools that are already in place for you.
Find a Mentor
Finally, it’s a good idea to find someone who has been through this project themselves. If you can find a mentor in the service who has pursued higher education, you can learn from his or her successes and mistakes.
Though you may not be able to go through the exact same process as he or she may have undergone, having someone around who understands military life, as well as higher education, can be incredibly beneficial.
It’s absolutely possible to use higher education to further a military career, but you do need a plan. Make sure to use all the resources at your disposal, including the knowledge of those who have come before you. With the right attitude and effort, you can make more of your education in the military.
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