Marines use GI resources, online courses to get education

Marines use GI resources, online courses to get education
Marines use GI resources, online courses to get education

Serving in the military often leaves service members with obligations that prevent them from getting an education, but some U.S. Marines are working to earn college degrees to lay the foundation for a future career, according to the Marines' official website.

While military and familial duties often prevent students from attending traditional colleges, the Marines offer a variety of resources to help make earning a degree easier. For example, the armed forces offer tuition assistance to those who cannot afford to pay for classes on their own.

Moreover, service members can make use of online courses to study part-time while in the U.S. or to complete coursework while they are deployed overseas.

"As active duty, I had tuition assistance," Stephanie Alexis, a corporal in the Marine Corps Reserves, said in the article on the Marines' website. "As a veteran, I have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which pays for my school for me without a cap, so I go to school all year round. They also pay for me to go to school, which is an awesome benefit for anyone who doesn't have a job or is going to school full time and doesn't have time for a full time job."

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, college degrees or other postsecondary education are a critical requirement for up to one-third of the jobs that will be created between 2008 and 2018.

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