Is earning a degree entirely through military training, is it possible?
Itís no secret that there is a wealth of college credit granting courses and training available to those of us that serve in the Military. However, I mostly hear about people doing it to credit bank, get a transcript, and get promotion points to get promoted. I know many of us use these courses to also apply toward actually getting a college degree as well. However, most of these courses are applied as elective credit and we still have to complete the general, core, and concentration courses with the actual school. Unless you CLEP them, which is an option, if you can pass the tests though. Then of course there is often a mandatory initial course, school required courses, a capstone, and a certain number of credit hours that have to be completed with the school. With all of that that said the answer to earning a degree entirely through military training is likely not possibleÖor maybe it is and nobody has figured it out yet.
Which brings me to my second question; how close to degree completion can you get with only military courses and training? What school did you do this at? What courses /training did you take? What type of credits and courses did it count for in your degree plan? Is this course/training only available to your branch only or can everyone do it? (i.e. I am in the Army but I can take MCI courses, but I canít do CCAF)
I thought I would share my knowledge so far with you. This is my transfer credits toward a BA degree plan in Intelligence Studies (concentration Low Intensity Conflict, they donít offer this one anymore I got in it before they changed everything) with American Military University (AMU)
So far I transferred 16 Credits from Marine Corp Institute and 18 with my AARTS. (Army only) These transfer credits only counted as Electives.
This is from my AMU degree Plan:
[AARTS-SCHOOL] (Transfer Credit) 18 (This has Basic 5 credits, AIT 10 Credits, and Warrior Leader Course 3 Credits)
[US Marine Corps Institute - Land Navigation/Military Science/Orienteering] (Transfer Credit) 3
[US Marine Corps Institute - Record Keeping] (Transfer Credit) 1
[US Marine Corps Institute - Corrections] (Transfer Credit) 3
[US Marine Corps Institute - Small Unit Tactics/Military Science] (Transfer Credit) 3
[US Marine Corps Institute - Food Service Operations] (Transfer Credit) 1
[US Marine Corps Institute - Personal Finance] (Transfer Credit) 3
[US Marine Corps Institute - Introduction to Antenna Theory and Construction] (Transfer Credit) 1
[US Marine Corps Institute - Electronic Communications] (Transfer Credit) 1
I recently contacted Excelsior College about this new thing the Army has going on, if you completed SSD Level 1 Excelsior will give you credit for it. More to follow on that in hopefully the near future.