Earning Credit for Military Training and Education

The University will grant credit for those military service schools which have been evaluated by the Office on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education (ACE) as well as select military schools that have undergone institutional reviews in order to award additional credits not recommended by ACE.

Members of the armed forces currently on active duty should submit Joint Services Transcript (JST). Air Force members should submit an official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) to receive credit.

Since 1950, a separation report has been identified as DD Form 214. Prior to 1950, Army and Air Force veterans were issued a Separation Qualification Record; Navy and Coast Guard veterans were issued a Notice of Separation; Marine Corps veterans were issued a Report of Separation. A notarized photocopy of the original separation report should be submitted to the University. Students should not submit the original. Students unable to locate the original separation report can request a copy from The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132, and forward it with the cover form from the National Personnel Records Center to the University. Members of the reserves or National Guard should contact their units for any necessary documentation.

In certain circumstances Thomas Edison State University will accept the certification of a commissioned officer in the United States armed forces in lieu of a notary public’s signature. To submit documents certified by a commissioned officer, download the Commissioned Officer Notary Public form located on the Student Forms page.

For Students in the Army
Army personnel and veterans should request that a copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST) be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.  Transcripts may be ordered electronically at https://jst.doded.mil/.

The JST program will provide a transcript for any service school, MOS or CLEP/DSST/ECE Examination listed that has been passed and carries American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations. The data can go back as far as 1976 but data older than 1994 may be missing or incomplete.. The older the data, the greater the chance something could be missing. It is recommended that Army personnel review the JST online for accuracy prior to submission to the University for credit review.

Please visit http://www.tesu.edu/military/army/index.cfm for application and enrollment procedures.

For Students in the Army National Guard
Army National Guard personnel and veterans should request that a copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST) be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.  Transcripts may be ordered electronically at https://jst.doded.mil/.

The JST program will provide a transcript for any service school, MOS or CLEP/DSST/ECE Examination listed  that has been passed and carries American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations. The data can go back as far as 1976 but data older than 1994 may be missing or incomplete. The older the data, the greater the chance something could be missing. It is recommended that Army personnel review the JST online for accuracy prior to submission to the University for credit review.

Please visit National Guard Application Guidelines for application procedures.

For Students in the Navy
Navy personnel and veterans may request a copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST) be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.  The JST can be requested at https://jst.doded.mil/.

The JST program will provide a transcript for any service school, rating, NEC or CLEP/DSST/ECE Examination listed that has been passed and carries American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations. The data can go back as far as 1976 but data older than 1994 may be missing or incomplete. The older the data, the greater the chance something could be missing. It is recommended that Navy personnel review the JST online for accuracy prior to submission to the University for credit review.

For application and enrollment procedures, please visit http://www.tesu.edu/military/navy/index.cfm.

For Students in the Marines
Marine personnel and veterans may request a copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST) be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. The JST can be requested at https://jst.doded.mil/.

The JST program will provide a transcript for any service school, rating, NEC or CLEP/DSST/ECE Examination listed that has been passed and carries American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations. The data can go back as far as 1976 but data older than 1994 may be missing or incomplete. The older the data, the greater the chance something could be missing. It is recommended that Marines review the JST online for accuracy prior to submission to the University for credit review.

For application and enrollment procedures, please visit http://www.tesu.edu/military/marines/index.cfm.

For Students in the Coast Guard
Coast Guard personnel and veterans may request a copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST) be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.  The JST can be requested at https://jst.doded.mil/.

The JST program will provide a transcript for any service school, rating, NEC or CLEP/DSST/ECE Examination listed that has been passed and carries American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations. The data can go back as far as 1976 but data older than 1994 may be missing or incomplete. The older the data, the greater the chance something could be missing. It is recommended that Coast Guard personnel review the JST online for accuracy prior to submission to the University for credit review.

For application and enrollment procedures, please visit: http://www.tesu.edu/military/coast-guard/index.cfm.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Thomas Edison State University is a long standing member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). More than 1,900 colleges and universities hold membership in SOC, an organization that actively promotes articulation between members to assure service members and their families transferability of credits between institutions.

Thomas Edison State University is also one of approximately 160 member institutions that comprise the SOC network. The SOC network works closely with the military to map military training to degree programs through a SOC agreement.

Even though service members and their families may be stationed in several locations during their military career, they are assured their credits will transfer to other SOC colleges enabling them to complete degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities, including Thomas Edison State University.

When service members and their families from the Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard or Coast Guard apply to Thomas Edison State University, the University provides to both the student and to SOC an agreement form and a copy of the Academic Program Evaluation, which shows the credits applied toward the degree and the credits needed to complete the degree. All applicants and enrolled service members and their families have access to the advisement staff through telephone, e-mail, letters and individual appointments.

Army Education Offices, Navy College Offices as well as Coast Guard and Marine Education Service Offices have the SOC publications, which list the 1,300 member colleges and the degree programs included in their network. All Thomas Edison State University degree programs are available to all service members and their families, in addition to those listed in the SOC publications.

It is noted that the Air Force is not part of SOC because the Air Force has established the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), which has received regional accreditation by North Central Association. Transcripts from CCAF are accepted by Thomas Edison State University.

To learn more, visit, www.soc.aascu.org.

Learn more about our programs for members of the United States military.