Posted on Feb 25, 2019
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Has anyone here taken college courses during their time in Active Duty? If so, when would you recommend starting?
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Now is always a good time
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As soon as possible. It's a lesson I learned the hard way. If your goals is to get college complete while active or at least some of it, go to your respective services education center and find out what their requirements are and move forward with your goals.
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Thank you!
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As soon as possible!! As a fellow 35P, you spend sooo much time in TRADOC, when you get to your first regular unit you realize how much time you really had to be productive regarding education! Definitely knock out CLEP tests now, not later! I promise you have the time.

But regarding active duty, as soon as you get settled at your unit and you figure out what the battle rhythm is, register for classes! Only you know how much you can manage given your schedule..
I for example have been going to school full time. Which takes a special kind of dedication to pull off.. I’ve done this at a strategic unit and now currently at a tactical unit.. So don’t let anyone tell you you don’t have the time.. You make time for what’s important to you. But again, I must stress that you be honest with what you can handle. Most people I know take one or two classes a semester.. The safest bet would be to see how you manage with one class.. and build from those experiences during the following semester.

Time management is key. Regardless of whether you’re taking one class at a time or four. Your ability to manage time will ultimately determine how successful you are in school while also fulfilling your military duties
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Thank you, this really helps!
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