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Returning Veterans Having Problems with Academic Credits

The last thing military veterans need is another
problem in their return to civilian life. But according to today’s Boston Globe, many service men and
women are not getting the academic credits they feel they deserve from their
training and experience in the service. The article suggests that the problem
occurs with veterans working in the military’s technical specialties.

Men and women join the military services for any
number of reasons, but a big draw is the opportunity to learn advanced skills
and get academic credit for those skills when they leave the service. The
American Council on Education runs an accreditation system that was set up
to evaluate military training and experience, but the Globe found that many
veterans are getting turned down for those credits when they enroll in colleges
and universities. The Council says that 14% of institutions do not accept any
military training or experience for credit, while 30% accept some training, but
not experience. The article quotes a vice-chancellor of a college in Boston who
says her institution doesn’t even have a process for evaluating military

The result for many veterans is their ending up at
institutions considered military-friendly, where their training and service are
more likely to earn credit. Another impact — one that hits all of our wallets
— is more taxpayer funding needed to cover classes taken by veterans under the
GI Bill

One of the reasons for the denial of credits,
according to a college veterans-affairs director and other administrators
interviewed for the article, is that a good deal of military training is too
technical to transfer to college programs. A related problem, according to a
Defense Department official, is that many academic advisers are not conversant
with military training,  with each branch of the service having its own Military
Occupational Specialties and requiring different documents to
verify service in those specialties.

Still another reason for the high expectations of
returning veterans are the promises made during their recruitment, which is not
surprising given the pressure recruiters face these

Hat tip: Inside Higher Ed.


One comment on “Returning Veterans Having Problems with Academic Credits”

  1. Jim

    The G.I Bill is not really ” hitting all your wallets ” since many service members contributed to the fund since it was required that members contribute a minimum of 1200 dollars to receive any benefits at all until they changed it last summer.
    I would be much more concerned with all the subsidies and bail out money given to the banking and sub prime loan industry ” hitting your wallet ” . The G.I. Bill fund is fairly large since people have been contributing for decades and many people that perhaps contributed did not even use their benefits.

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