In an economy with a financial crisis, and knowing that a four-year degree is starting to become the “standard” certification for employment beyond the military, should the military actively push this initiative?
I know from my experiences, working on the civilian government side, that it is virtually impossible to switch to a GS grade job without a degree. With all of the training and education that the Armed Forces provide for its SMs should that equate to an earned degree after service? If so, why? And how long should
the soldier serve before earning a “general studies” degree?
Most Soldiers who do one term of enlistment will spend less than six months in training and the rest of the time will be spent doing their duty. As a former Infantry Soldier, I can tell you that doesn't help you develop a lot of "life skills". Many Soldiers will come out of the military much less prepared for the civilian world than they were when they enlisted. No need to reward them for this.
Let's keep degrees where they belong, in college. And let's encourage our Soldiers to get a degree while they are in service rather than sitting in the barracks playing X-Box.
I do not think it is fair to give them a degree at all. They
should go to school and earn it like me and other people I know have done. Most
colleges give you elective credits for some of the stuff that you learn in the
Army. You know how many people would earn a degree simply for being in the Army
and have done absolutely nothing? Most of them do not know history or basic
math and he wants to give them a degree.
To me that is an insult for people who have took their time and went to
college and earned their degree while working or on a deployment.