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How to Use COOL to Set up for a Civilian Career

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In 2019, the U.S. Army moved from a seniority-based promotion system to a merit-based system via an overhaul of its centralized promotion board. As part of that overhaul, the Army Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) was put in place to help soldiers find the right course for their needs.   In today’s article, we’ll be looking at what COOL is, what it does, and how it can help to set you up for a civilian career when you leave the service. What Is the Army Credentialing Opportunities Online? With the move to a merit-based system, the U.S. Army looked to reward..


Studying Online With Northwest Career College

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With the current social-distancing rules in place, it might seem like your plan to enroll at Northwest Career College, and therefore your plans to train for your new career will need to put on hold.   Thankfully this isn’t the case. As part of our student-focussed policy, we’ve put in place measures to make sure our teaching methods for the vast majority of our courses are as flexible as possible.   We understand that our potential new students have other responsibilities, such as jobs and families to look after. That is why we offer our students the ability to join our..


History of the US Army Medical Administrative Corps

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The story of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps starts with the Revolutionary War apothecaries and officers of the Civil War Ambulance Corps. These early solutions to the medical necessities evolved into the World War I Sanitary Corps which was established on June 30, 1917.   This corps of army medical officers would need to rapidly expand to nearly 3,000 members during the war and mostly covered the variety of administrative, technical and scientific duties that were required, but has previously taken the actual physicians away from their medical duties.    The lessons of World War I highlighted the fact..


Can VA Approved Funding Help Me Go Back to School?

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In order to help veterans leaving the armed forces to get the best chance at reintegrating back into society and pursuing a rewarding career outside of the military, the Federal Government provides funding for veterans returning to education.   So, if you have recently left the military and are looking to start your training for another career path, we’ve put together a guide to the resources you can use to get yourself the education you deserve. What is VA Approved Funding? Veterans Association, or VA, benefits are a range of financial programs aimed at providing, among other things, educational and..


Tips for Veterans Returning to Education

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Many veterans choose to return to education after their service in order to find a new skill set that will help them better integrate with civilian life.   The good news is that there is plenty of financial support for veterans returning to education. So, if you are thinking of going back to school once you have finished your term in the armed forces, here are some tips to help you make that idea a reality. Find a Veteran Community in Higher Education Veterans face a unique challenge when it comes to relating to their civilian classmates who may not..


Going Back to School as a Military Veteran

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Going back to school as a military veteran isn’t easy, but it certainly is doable. Studies show that veterans earn their degrees at a similar rate to non-veterans. Despite the unique challenges faced by veterans, one study showed that those who use the GI Bill earn their degrees in sync with traditional students.   Despite the many unique challenges faced by veterans going back into education, there are many benefits to starting a new career path and lots of sources of assistance available. Benefits of Going Back to School as a Military Veteran Easing the Transition Into Civilian Life Getting..


How to Move from Serving to Studying

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Did you know that more veterans than ever are using their education benefits? In fact, nationwide, the number of veterans using these benefits increased by about 67 percent between 2012 and 2009. Taking advantage of these benefits is a great way to help ensure a successful transition back to civilian life and work toward long-term goals. From college classes to on-the-job training, a world of educational opportunities awaits veterans and their families, as does a range of benefits to help fund those opportunities. Do Your Research Start by learning all you can about the key Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)..


Three Things You May Not Know About Financial Aid For Veterans

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Financial aid for veterans is money provided by the federal government, normally in the form of non-repayable grants, to assist veterans in transitioning into civilian life by allowing them to purchase property or re-enter education. You Still Qualify For Federal Student Aid Even if you are receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, you can still receive federal student aid as well. If you would like to apply for federal student aid, then you will have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can save yourself some time by making sure you gather all the documents..


What Are Some of the Best Career Options for Military Spouses?

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If you are the spouse of an Active Duty Service Member, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance from the Department of Defense. This scholarship grant encourages spouses of military personnel to pursue education, training, licenses, certificates, and degrees leading to employment in so-called “Portable Career Fields.”   This means that, even if you have to move every few years due to the military lifestyle, you can pursue your own career without having to worry about the financial burden of going back to college. In this article, we will be looking at what career and study..


3 Ways To Make Transitioning From The Military To The Police Easier

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For many veterans, transitioning from the military to the police seems ideal. Compared to other civilian positions, there are a great deal of similarities between the the structure, ranking system and responsibilities of the police and the military, and this sense of familiarity means many veterans at least consider a career in law enforcement. If you are considering moving from the military to a law enforcement career, here are three ways to make transitioning from the military to the police  as easy as possible. Do your research Plan your move into law enforcement in advance. The more time you give..