Military Servicemembers that are seeking to get an education face a lot of different challenges. Many Servicemembers find it daunting and difficult, and for that reason many choose to wait to attend college until after their military enlistment is up. But for those brave Servicemembers that want to get an education have some different education benefits that they can utilize. The Department of Defense has created a number of different partnerships with colleges, universities and Schools, and has worked with each of the Armed Services.
These are dynamic partnerships that exist to help the individual Servicemember obtain and education, and it is the basis for a whole system of education. The Servicemember Opportunity College program is a group of colleges and universities numbering over 1700 schools, that are joined together to try and make college and getting an education not as difficult for members of the United States Armed Forces. The different schools look for ways to simplify credit transfers, and to accept more of each other?s courses and requirements for transfer. The SOC is pushing hard for national In State Tuition for all military Servicemembers. It can be difficult to be on active duty and attempting to go to school. This is seen as a big step to making education more affordable and more attractive to the Servicemembers. The SOC colleges have began to look at the situation and are working to brainstorm solutions to some of the problems that active duty sailors face who want to attend school while on active duty. This means that they wish to establish a law that anyone serving in the Military can attend any university and pay the ?In state tuition? rate, because they are in the military. Universities and Colleges that are part of the SOC program have came together and agreed to pool their resources to increase ways for Servicemembers to attend college. The Department of Defense fund, along with the DANTES Servicemember education program are the main source of funding for the SOC association program. Each of the SOC 1700 program schools are also each looking into and working to establish online and distance learning units for their respective schools.
The school publish a catalog of their program, each listing contact information about each school, as well as general SOC polices.