Members of the military
community in Europe, whether active duty, family members or civilians,
want higher education. They know than an associate, bachelor, or
postgraduate degree can mean promotions and better paying jobs,
whether in or out of the service. That is why the command here
has established an elaborate program of university-level instruction.
You may earn your degree while you are overseas, even if deployed, or
you may transfer credits to a stateside college or university.
It's possible to pursue study full time in a campus environment, to
attend classes evenings and weekends, or to take advantage of learning
For more information about the opportunities in your area, contact
your local Education Center.
A broad range of
help in getting a higher education is available to everyone in the
military community, whether active duty personnel, family members, or
civilians. The universities sometimes grant whole or partial
scholarships to deserving students, and the government has several
tuition assistance programs. Under some there are outright
grants, which don't have to be paid back. These go mainly to
active duty personnel and their spouses, and may be partial or,
especially in the case of deployed personnel, total.
There are also government loans for the completion of education
programs, most of which don't have to be paid back until the student
is out of school and earning money. Some of these don't draw
interest until the paycheck stage begins. Finally, there is the
Veterans Administration. Even active duty personnel can qualify
for the GI Bill of Rights. As a rule, students getting tuition
assistance must be seeking a degree, must maintain a certain grade
average and must complete at least half of the semester hours
attempted during each term.
For more information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon
Schools, take a look at our pages below:
Post 9/11 GI
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At the end of
World War II, the Armed Forces realized that it had in fact
interrupted the high school education of hundreds of thousands of
young American men by drafting them into Active Duty. Likewise,
the military realized that a large majority of those veterans had
acquired knowledge and skills because of their military training and
experience. Out of this realization came the original tests of
General Education Development or the GED. Civilian educators
rapidly realized the applicability of these GED tests to the general
population and soon the civilian GED Institute was created to make
these tests available to non-veterans as well.
The military also realized that some soldiers had acquired college
level knowledge and created the original college GED tests.
These tests were the forerunners of today's College Level Examination
Program (CLEP). The service member doesn't always have to be
examined on what he or she knows. The American Council on
Education (ACE) has recommended the number of credit hours that
civilian schools may wish to award that service member based on
military training and experience. However, the ACE credit
recommendations can be modified or rejected by a college or
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