Why Get a College Education After Leaving the Military?

Whether you have spent several years actively serving your country or have simply completed one ‘tour of duty,’ you may have a few problems returning to civilian life. If so, don’t feel alone because it is one of the most common issues facing service men and women and has been so for as long as there has been a military – which is forever! If you didn’t get a degree while active, maybe this is something you could do upon arriving home.

Going to college has a number of benefits, especially when you are trying to readjust to the civilian lifestyle. If you haven’t thought of going to college after the military, you might want to consider a few of these benefits and how that degree can help you prepare for the future.

Do You Have an Employable Skill Set?

The first thing you may want to consider is whether or not you have an employable skill set. Most men and women sign on to active duty fresh out of high school and so the only real skills they have were taught during basic training. Few people leaving the military need to be a munitions expert, for example, and so it becomes necessary to find a vocation you can be good at and will earn a decent wage for you and your family.

What Do You Want to Do with the Rest of Your Life?

Many times service men and women spend their days imagining what they will do when they get out of the military. Some already have their minds made up while others still aren’t quite sure what they’d like to do. Others may not yet be ready to attend on-campus classes because they are suffering from PTSD or are working a full-time job. Attending college online is an option and if you don’t know what you’d like to major in, a military friendly online college has student advisors and counselors on staff to help you discover what it is you’d like to do. This is a great reason to get a college education after leaving the military – doing something you want to do rather than being ‘ordered’ to do it by higher ranking officers. Pursuing higher education will give you the opportunity for a total career change. While a degree in a subject like biology, English or business will open a myriad of opportunities, something like a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education may be preferable as it will set you on a clear path.

Taking Advantage of Government Funding

One of the biggest reasons to get a college education after leaving the military rather than before volunteering is in the fact that military men and women are eligible for financial aid not available to those who haven’t served. Military financial aid is often part of the enlistment ‘package’ and even if not, the government rewards the military by offering student loans at a very, very low-interest rate. This type of aid is not available to those who haven’t served so funding is one of the leading reasons why so many young men and women wait to attend college until after they return home.

As time goes on and the world becomes an increasingly hi-tech, it is almost certain that you will need some type of degree to be competitive in the workforce. You can choose to study online if you have a full-time job or you can attend classes. Either way, that degree is going to give you a skill set that makes you employable. Why get a college education after leaving the military? To get a good job with a future, of course!

Bill is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about culture and the arts, however, will write about anything that piques his interest including business, travel, and lifestyle.