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Students considering the military as their route to a college education will find that the most valuable sources of financial aid are made available through the Reserved Officers Training Corps. All four main branches of the U.S. Military operate ROTC programs which provide students with money for college in exchange for their enlistment. Again, students must understand that these programs require a commitment on their part to fulfill a military service contract in exchange for college funding. ROTC programs have helped thousands of students to pay for a college education, but the programs should not be entered into lightly.
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The U.S. Navy does not directly offer scholarships or grants for its enlisted personnel. That doesn’t mean that the Navy isn’t interested in helping its service-members gain a college education. Quite the opposite. The United States Navy provides its sailors with some of the most intensive and comprehensive training available. They also encourage and support all of their sailors in the pursuit of a college education. Through the Navy’s sailors are given the opportunity to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies both on base and at traditional colleges and universities. Moreover, the Navy is prepared to pay most, if not all, of the costs of their service-member’s education.
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The United States Coast Guard Academy accepts roughly three hundred students every year. The academy offers a tuition free education in exchange for five years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard also offers one scholarship program, the , which covers up to two years of tuition and fees for eligible sophomores and juniors. Scholarship recipients will be required to serve a minimum of three years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard following graduation.
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The United States military also has a long history of looking after the families of its service-members. For students with a military family background, scholarships and grants may be available as an added reward for their relative’s service to their country. Interested students should also refer to our sections on , , and .
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Beyond their ROTC programs, the offers very few scholarships for active-duty service-members. The Marine Corps ROTC program helps students pay for their undergraduate education, after which they will enter the corps as a Second Lieutenant. As a midshipman, enlisted marines may be eligible to receive funding to complete their Bachelor’s degree at an approved college or university.
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Among the attendees were color guard members of the American Legion, the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
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Like the U.S. Navy, the Air Force places a high premium on continuing education. The United States Air Force has a number of programs in place to help and in their pursuit of a college education. These programs consist of scholarships, tuition assistance programs and enrollment in the Air Force’s own community college. Students looking to pursue a college education while serving their country in the armed forces will hardly find better opportunities than those offered by the United States Air Force.