Welcome to the TBS Military Education Headquarters, your complete guide to all things military and education. Whether you’re a student aspiring to a career in the military, a servicemember making the leap into education, or somebody with the ambition and drive to balance both at the same time, you’ve come to the right place.
The linked information below is designed to answer your questions, point you in the right direction, and send you on your way to success. Consider this resource your first stop on the way to information and opportunity, whether you’re:
- An Active Duty Service Man or Woman;
- A Reserve Duty Service Man or Woman;
- A Veteran of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or National Guard;
- The spouse or child of a veteran;
- A student beginning a military career;
- A student seeking a military-centered education; or
- A cadet in search of support.
The following tips, links, and resources should help you open the door to the numerous educational opportunities uniquely available to military personnel. We’ve done our best to collect the information and resources made available specifically through the military, as well as through key veterans groups and military support organizations. In some instances, we’ve consulted directly with military veterans, officers, and educators. The information hereafter should reflect and complement the military’s outlook on education, professional training, and career development, both within and outside of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Look for your topic below, and explore our growing body of educational, career, and counseling resources for military personnel and veterans. You may also want to consider bookmarking this portal. As a growing index of the resources and options available to you, TBS Military Education Headquarters will be in a constant state of development and updating.
Covered in this article:
- A Complete Guide to Using Your GI Bill
- Military Scholarships
- Making the Transition From Military To College
- Best Online Colleges for Military Personnel & Families
- Attending a Military Academy
- Transitioning From College to Military: Becoming an Officer
Career & Civilian Life
- Know Your KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
- Getting Military Branch Jobs (COMING SOON)
- Making the Transition to Civilian Life
- Starting a Civilian Career
- Transitioning From Military To Law Enforcement
- The Savvy Student’s Guide to Military and College (COMING SOON)
- Military Support Resources
- Education Support Resources
With that, check out the topics below and get started!
If you are among the brave men and women who have served, currently serve, or plan to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, you have our gratitude. Not only that, but you have a ton of opportunities for assistance in your newest mission: getting a college education. The GI Bill was signed into law almost 75 years ago, but its promise is even more vital today. Today, the bill is the inspiration and the conceptual foundation behind a world of programs, grants, and scholarships aimed at assisting those who have served, who plan to serve, or who hope to advance an already existing career in the military. Read on to find out how the GI Bill works and what you can do with it.
A scholarship is a great way to offset the high cost of tuition or get help with expenses like housing and books. As military service personnel, you may qualify for a wide range of scholarships. Universities, military branches, private companies, non-profit foundations, and other benefactors offer a wide range of grants and educational gifts specifically for those who have served our nation. Read on to view our directory of scholarship for veterans, active duty personnel, and military spouses and children.
For many military veterans, college is the next step, but it can be difficult to know exactly how to take this step. You’ll likely have a lot of questions: What can I do with my GI Bill? What kind of education makes the most sense for my intended career? Does my military background qualify me for any special grants, scholarships, or credit transfer programs? On-campus education or online college? A liberal arts education or a technical certification program? And what can I do to make the whole experience more affordable, enriching, and enjoyable? Read on for help answering all of these questions and more as you transition from military service to higher education. Read more …
For many military servicemembers, veterans, and their families, online college is a valuable alternative to traditional on-campus education. The best accredited online colleges offer military service personnel, veterans, and their families a model with flexibility and convenience to accommodate the needs unique to military personnel. Whether you are an active-duty service person looking for a way to balance service and education, a reservist who must always be prepared for deployment, or a veteran balancing education with family, work, and home life, read on to learn about the colleges that are best suited for your needs.
If you’re looking to launch or advance a military career, one of your best opportunities may be through an official military academy. Admissions for top military academies can be extremely competitive, but if you do get in, many military academies are tuition free provided you’re willing to commit to a future in the armed services. Read on to learn more and view a list of military academies.
If you’re interested in becoming a military officer, there are a few educational paths designed to prepare you for this career. Senior military colleges, military academies, and traditional colleges with ROTC programs all offer a path from college to the military. Read on to learn about all of your options, and the steps you must take to make use of these options. We also offer a few helpful tips to make your transition a successful one. Read more …
Your KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) are an essential part of your employment profile and will be required as you apply for jobs in the federal government, including those in the civilian sectors of the military, in agency leadership roles, and in law enforcement. Read on to learn what your KSAs are, how you can prepare them, and what steps you can take to improve your employment prospects.
Getting Military Branch Jobs
As a member of the armed services, you have a lot of career options within the military. Career opportunities abound in the leadership, administrative, and civilian ranks of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Reserves. Read on to find out what educational steps you need to take in order to turn your military service into a military career. (COMING SOON)
Transitioning from the military to college is about more than just finding all of your classes and getting to know your professors. If you’re returning from service within the unique organizational structure of the military—especially from overseas or combat duty—you’ll also be adjusting to civilian life anew. It’s important to take steps—mentally, emotionally and intellectually—to acclimate to your surroundings. Read on for tips, resources, and support on making the challenging transition to civilian life. Read more …
While there will be challenges as you make the transition from military to civilian life, your military training has also provided you with an extremely valuable set of real-world skills. The Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) accumulated during your time of service will serve you well as you build a career in the civilian sector. Read on for advice on how to leverage your KSAs in pursuit of an education and on the way to a satisfying career.
Your military training makes you uniquely qualified for a wide spectrum of jobs in the law enforcement sector. In fact, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly seeking out the multidisciplinary education, practical training, and technical skills that come from military experience. Read on to find out how you can turn your military experience into an education and career in law enforcement or the administration of criminal justice.
The Savvy Student’s Guide to Military and College
Whether you’re a recent high-school graduate looking for a military-focused education, an active duty service person looking to earn a degree, or a veteran looking for ways to make the most of your GI Bill, college will bring you face to face with new opportunities and challenges. We’ve got tips to help you navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities, from completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and navigating the sometimes-confusing world of accreditation to choosing a campus with a good cultural fit and focusing on a degree program with promising career prospects. Read on for our special military edition guide on making the most of your college experience. (COMING SOON)
Military Support Resources
In addition to the opportunities your service affords you, it also gives you the right to lifelong support from the military itself. As a veteran or service member—or the spouse or child of a service member—you’ll want to take advantage of the informational and support resources provided directly through the military and through reputable veterans groups and support associations. Make sure that you’re taking advantage of all the resources the military has to offer, especially as you advance your education.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Military and Family Support Center
- Army Family Programs and Services
- Navy and Marine Corps Family Service Centers
- Fleet and Family Support Program
- Coast Guard Office of Work-Life
- Airman and Family Readiness
- Army Emergency Relief
- Armed Services YMCA
- Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP)
- Today’s Military
- Operation We Are Here—Family Support Organizations
- Army Reserve Family Programs
- Military One Source
- Joint Services Support
- Military Child Education Coalition
- National Military Family Association
- Our Military Kids
- ChildCare Aware
Education Support Resources
The Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and all major branches of the military offer educational support links, resources, and programs designed to help you pursue your educational goals either within the military or in the civilian sector. Explore these resource to find out what kind of educational support you qualify for.
- The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
- Joint Services Transcripts
- Navy College Program
- Naval Education and Training Command
- Voluntary Education
- The Army Continuing Education System
- Go Army Ed
- Coast Guard Education & Training
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)