Did you know you can get college credit for your military experience? The American Council on Education (ACE) collaborates with DoD to review military training and experience and recommend appropriate college credit for members of the Armed Forces. ACE provides quality assurance and policy guidance for the Joint Services Transcript (JST) used by the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard.
JST is an academically accepted document to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations. It is up to each institution to decide what ACE credit recommendations can be accepted, modified, or rejected. Whether an academic institution accepts the credit recommendations depends on its policies and procedures for transfer credit, your program of study, and your degree requirements.
All enlisted, officers and warrant officers, both active and veterans from all Army components, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy can get their JST by visiting the JST website. Air Force personnel should contact Air University - CCAF to receive transcripts.
More than 2,300 colleges and universities recognize these transcripts as official documentation of military training and experiences and applicable ACE credit recommendations.
One Last Money-Saving Tip
Have all of your official transcripts from previous colleges and service branches sent to your new school for evaluation before you start taking any classes. Many students waste valuable time and money taking classes that are unnecessary duplications of previous courses, because they signed up before their military and prior college transcripts were completely evaluated.
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