Soldier skills become college credit

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Remember those painfully slow slideshows about combat reports, drug and alcohol abuse and composite risk management? Now, as part of an Army program to help junior enlisted and noncommissioned officers earn degrees, soldiers can receive college credit for routine Army training.

Schools may credit mechanics, supply personnel and pilots for technical skills they’ve picked up during their careers. Not convinced yet? Even pre-deployment training like combat life saving, cultural awareness and language learning may count.

Visit the army’s transcript service at http://aarts.army.mil/and read its fact sheet to see which of your abilities warrant accreditation. It maintains a database of over 4 million soldier records.

One warning, though: There’s no guarantee which schools will credit your skills or how much it’ll cost you, but do yourself some type of favor and check it before you make a break for the civilian sector.

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