Transitioning from military to civilian life is no easy task and choosing the best path to securing career success can be difficult. Today’s veterans are armed with the skills and experiences gained through their service defending the U.S. often choose to advance their education upon leaving active duty. Due to the number of degree options and present employment trends, selecting a field which maximizes employability while establishing a sound educational foundation for future career success is often difficult. To assist in that process, we’ve created a list of the Top 10 Degrees For Military Veterans based upon the fastest growing industries, number of available jobs, and highest salaries. [Read more...]
Programs offered online by many colleges and universities provide a solid educational foundation for people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Last year, the U.S. had over 1.4 million active military members who offered their skills to support defense. As many of these personnel expand their education, retire, or leave active duty, online studies are often the best path to completing a degree. Online programs offer veterans a number of tuition discounts, credit for previous military training, scholarships, flexibility in scheduling, and other educational benefits. Due to the number of educational options available to military personnel and veterans, we’ve created a list to assist in the selection process.
Note: These schools are not endorsed by any branch of the military or the United States Government. They were selected by our editors after careful consideration and based on an assortment of criteria defined below.
The tank is one of the most devastating and adaptable weapons available to an army’s command. Since their initial conception in the early 1900s and first use by the French and British during World War One, the tank has been a constant and powerful symbol of modern warfare. Throughout the 20th century, it has been one of the most potent tools available for an army to call upon and it has seen intense and devastating action. From the late World War Two mayhem of the Battle of the Bulge — which saw over 3,000 tanks take part in fighting — to the 1981 Battle of Dezful between Iran and Iraq, the tank has played a major part in offensives around the world. Join us as we take a look at the 10 most epic tank battles in military history. [Read more...]
The highly skilled sharpshooters known as snipers (a term that originated in British India to describe hunters able to pick off the elusive “snipe” bird) became vitally important during the Second World War. Fighting on the Eastern Front, the Soviets, in particular, were expert marksmen — and noticeably dominate the following list.
The Soviet Union was the only country that had expressly trained sniper units in the decade leading up to the World War Two, and their superiority (with the obvious exception of the top-ranked sniper on this list) is clearly displayed by the numbers beside the names of its marksmen. Expert sharpshooters such as Vasily Zaytsev — who reputedly killed 225 soldiers during the Battle of Stalingrad — proved beyond all doubt their immense value to their military forces during the war. In the aftermath, their importance was never to be underestimated. [Read more...]
Air Force veterans who have served their country and were honorably discharged can apply for scholarship assistance to help pay for the cost of completing a post-secondary degree. Some programs are available to veterans nationally, while others are offered from specific colleges or universities.
A veteran who is looking for options to help defray the cost of paying for an education program should make a point of considering both types of funding options. Once the former airman or woman knows what type of degree he or she is interested in and has a short list of schools in mind, the next step should be to investigate all funding options offered by those schools. The Financial Aid Office at the school should be able to provide information about available options. [Read more...]
Dependent children of airmen and women can get help to pay for the cost of pursuing a post-secondary degree. Some programs are offered only to dependents of those who were killed or disabled while serving their country, while others are awarded based on the recipient’s personal characteristics or on demonstrated financial need. Scholarship programs are recognizing that not all people going to school pursue their education goals in an on-campus program, and funding for online degree programs is now being offered in some cases.
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
Freedom Alliance provides scholarship funds to dependent children (under the age of 26) of Airmen (as well as soldiers, sailors, Marines and Guardsmen) who died or became permanently disabled on an operational mission or in a training accident. Individual awards are made based on the recipient’s demonstrated need and the scholarships may be renewed for up to three years (four years funding in total). The money received under this program may be used toward the following expenses: [Read more...]
Former Marines who want to pursue higher education may qualify for scholarship funds from different programs. The GI Bill and other education benefits available to veterans may not be enough to fully cover the cost of obtaining a degree, and scholarships can help to make up the difference.
Marines’ Memorial Scholarship Program
The Marines’ Memorial Scholarship Program is available to active members of the Association. Dependent children and grandchildren of active members are also eligible to apply for this financial aid. Ten scholarships in the amount of $5,000 and 12 scholarships of $2,500 each are offered annually. [Read more...]
A number of academic scholarship programs provide financial aid to dependent children of active duty Marines or veterans. Some scholarships are only available to dependents of those who gave their lives for their country or who were disabled in action. Other sources of funding can be accessed by children of Marines who are on active duty or who have been honorably discharged.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to children of active duty U.S. Marines or veterans who were honorably discharged, wounded or killed in action. The maximum adjusted family income for recipients of this source of post-secondary school funding is $90,000 per year. [Read more...]
Coast Guard veterans who have been honorably discharged can take advantage of their military education benefits to pursue a degree. Scholarship programs can help to make it easier for them to cover these expenses.
Even though education benefits available to veterans are very generous, they may not be high enough to cover the full cost of obtaining a college degree. Scholarship funds can help to bridge the gap and since they don’t have to be paid back, they are a much better choice for post-secondary students than taking out a loan. Depending on the program, the funds can be used to help pay for tuition, books, room and board, or other expenses the student must cover to pay for the cost of his or her education. [Read more...]
Children of active duty or retired Coast Guard members who need help to pay for the cost of a post-secondary education may be eligible for scholarship assistance. Not all scholarships are offered to students who have achieved outstanding marks in school. Some scholarship funds are offered to applicants based on financial need, and others are awarded based on other criteria, including the applicant’s personal characteristics and stated goals.
Some Coast Guard scholarships are specifically offered to dependent children of Coast Guard Reservists. Others are used to benefit young people whose parents died in the service of their country. [Read more...]