It is possible to earn college credit in the military through a number of different venues. You can receive credit for your training and experience. There are a number of vocational programs that offer vocational type college level credit for your experience. But there is also a series of college credit that is available for military Servicemembers through the CLEP program. CLEP stands for College Level Exam program, and it is a means to earn college credit by examination. Most of the time people have to pay a fee to take a CLEP test, but as a member of the United States Military you are eligible to receive the test for free. Sometimes this means that you have to pay for your test up front, and you get reimbursed, at other times this means that the test itself is paid for in advance by the military. No matter how it is paid for, as a member of the military you are eligible to take different CLEP tests that you feel you may be qualified for, and to earn a variety of college credit by successful completion and passing of these CLEP examines.
The CLEP testing program for the military is ran by DANTES, or the Defense Activity for non-traditional types of educational support. It funds and sponsors military CLEP testing, and also supports select civilians who are eligible for DANTES support. Who is eligible for the military supported CLEP testing? Any one who is acquisition DoD personnel is able to take some of the limited exam types, but for the most part, any active duty or reserve personnel from any of the five branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, United States Coast Guard, or the Marine Corps, are eligible to take the military supported CLEP tests. Spouses of anyone who is on active duty or reserves are also eligible. There are a great many CLEP tests that are possible to take, and they are taken in traditional pen and paper format.
Some of these testing include US History 1865 to Present Day, Freshman English, Humanities, College Algebra, Introduction to Psychology, and many other traditional type of College courses. There are also sometimes courses that are newly transferred to computer, and are taken on the computer. These titles vary and are subject to change, at one point all testing will likely take place on computer. Tests are taken either at a military facility, or at a local college or university. When the testing location is military there is typically no up front cost, when taking the test at a local school, then you may have to pay a fee but that will be refunded to the test taker.