People join the military to serve in their countries Armed Forces, but often also to receive a higher education. The military offers many different programs and benefits that allow young people to receive a university or college education easier than if they were to try and get such a degree on their own. There are not very many employers or jobs that offer the kind of financial and program support for education that the military does. But a number of these people wait too long before planning their education. So take the time today to stop and figure out what you want to do, education wise.
Set Goals- Take the time now to decide where you want to be, specifically, in six months, in a year, in two years, and in five years. Taking the time to set out goals is a great idea, but make sure that you write them down, and consult them often. Goals are not set in stone, but should not be changed unless you are very sure that you have decided on a different course. Plan now and take steps to get the most of your military service but also the most of your educational opportunities. Don?t put off your education plans till you leave the military. Use Your Assets- Many people have either started college, or have taken college level high school classes, and then they don?t take the time to get verification of these efforts. Use all of the things in your own personal arsenal toward your education goals. If you have work experience that you may qualify for college credit, then investigate. The only silly question is the one that is left unasked, so check out what is available and then pursue all your options.
Buddy System- Enroll in a class with a friend, buddy or even your spouse, and you will find it is easier and can even be more enjoyable. It is often easier to start and finish a program of study if you begin it with another person. Don?t Procrastinate- Once you have set up your goals, then set down steps toward getting there. Its great to have goals, but once you figure out what your goals are, then take the next step and make a plan to reach your goals.
Communicate- Talk to your recruiter, and your friends, and anyone else that you know, and find out what is out there. There are a lot of programs both in the military and in education that are underused because no one knows much about them.