Serving in the Armed Forces is a privilege, and there was a time when having a college education was not stressed in the Armed Forces. You could enter into enlistment and not have to consider or deal with having a higher education. You could serve as an infantry soldier and serve out your entire enlistment without any concerns or worry about having any higher education. There was even a time when you didn’t have to have a HS education in order to join the military. The times of those experiences have changed, and the expectations that the military have in regard to education have changes.
Serving in the military is a very intense and specialized experience. If you choose to serve as a Marine Infantry person, it’s likely that someone in your unit will have to use the radio, or deal with field artillery equipment. Much of this is specialized and requires training on how to use. The expectation of at least a HS diploma are a given in the modern Marine Corps of today.
Serving in the military today is a very specialized and intense experience. More and more of the military use technology, even in the infantry. You may be responsible for spotting the enemy, or giving the information on enemy placements. You could relay information in regard to air cover, or placement of a fighter wing or helicopter response. You need to be accurate, and be able to read, write and communicate accurately. The information that you provide could be necessary to provide weapons, delivery of soldiers, or to locate aircraft that is worth millions of dollars. Having an education is more vital now than any other time, and the education that you access by serving in the United States Armed forces is more up to date than experience you receive from any other source in the world. The military realizes this and gives support for a number of educational programs. There is Tuition assistance, Military scholarship and reimbursement programs, as well as the Montgomery GI bill, which gives specific military service benefits. Each of these benefits is available to Servicemembers that are serving in any of the 5 armed services.
Accessing the military educational benefits while serving in the military is easier now than ever before. You can use the educational funds available to you under the MGIB bill and attend college or university, or you can use your Montgomery GI bill funds to get a vocational education.