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Posted on Feb 3, 2015
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CPT Aaron Kletzing
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Getting a college degree while on active duty is one of the hands down SMARTEST professional decisions a service member can make. No question about it. Looking back on my time, I feel like I implicitly let down some of my subordinates by not pushing them harder toward getting a college degree.

This quote from the piece stuck out to me most: "...you find out it isn’t as difficult as you would think going into it." Think of all the crazy difficult things we do while we are in the military -- physical, mental, and emotional challenges that we overcome because we believe in one another and believe in ourselves. Getting a college degree while you're wearing the uniform is just another positive challenge, and one that will often reward you greatly BOTH inside and outside the military as years go by.

I would shout this from the top of a hill if I could -- If you are a service member right now, please do yourself a huge favor and at least pause and consider what a college degree could do for you professionally. There are ways to get it done. Treat it like a mission. You must always complete the mission. Make this your mission and you will exceed even your loftiest expectations of yourself in the classroom. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. Do it for the military brothers and sisters to your left and right!
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SFC Mark Merino
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Many of the RallyPoint "mega-contributers" have earned their masters degree online and some spent the majority of their career to do it. Talk about a gut check! Multiple schools, deployments, marriage, kids, and retiring with a masters degree. RESPECT!!!
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SGM Erik Marquez
SGM Erik Marquez
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Completely agree, it takes a lot of determination to do that over the long haul while maintaining all the rest. Much respect to those that made it work.
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SFC Mark Merino
SFC Mark Merino
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My poor kids growing up were frustrated with school work and watching 40+ y/o dad still in school. "Are we ever going to stop going to school?!" I had to laugh (because crying in front of the kids isn't an option)...lol
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PO2 Ryan Brogan
PO2 Ryan Brogan
6 y
I'm a week out from finishing my bachelors degree. Completing it on sea duty is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done. But, I got the Navy to pay for all of it by utilizing tuition assistance! Now, I'm preparing to separate and pursue my masters with the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Hard work pays off!
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SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas
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In the AF, it's much easier to get a college degree. As a matter of fact, if you don't get one as a SNCO, you will not be promoted. The AF believes that everyone should have at least a AA or AS from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). I retired with two ASs, one AA, one BSBA and one MA all while on active duty and I'm three classes from completing an MS.
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Awesome!

And my husband says Im crazy for wanting nine million degrees lol.
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SPC Margaret Higgins
SPC Margaret Higgins
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CONGRATULATIONS SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas! You should be VERY proud of yourself. You are AMAZING!!!
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