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Air Force says I can do college in my free time on base in addition to my active duty job/training. True or?

The Air Force recruiter says I can take college classes in my spare time while stationed at any base in addition to my active duty job/training. He says I can walk away from the air force with a degree in a subject entirely different than the job training I do for my military active duty job. Is he just selling me or is there truth to what he's explaining to me? I really would like to join either way. But I need to know if I can trust what this recruiter is telling me. Plus education, along with serving my country before i'm too old, is important to me after all. Thanks. Okay so what i'm getting so far is that when I join the air force, it is true that I CAN take college credit classes in any subject I choose if it's done in my spare time. Spare time meaning after my military job is finished for the day or on my days off. If i'm deployed in Iraq or another war zone, classes are limited to online classes...if that. So am I restricted to taking classes in the specific military job i'm assigned like someone here mentioned or can I take any college class I desire?

Asked By: World Expert - 3/17/2007
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As mentioned above, CCAF is the degree all Air Force members get. A Community College degree from the Air Force. Take that for what it is worth. It is also mentioned above, and true, that the Air Force will first pay for the degree in your job. Also keep in mind, the Air Force does not gurantee everyone a job when they... More
Answered By: Mark W - 3/17/2007
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Yes it is true and you should get documentation along with your other paperwork.
Answered By: Cindy Roo - 3/17/2007
 
My cousin joined the reserves in hope of getting money for college. He started his school and was then shipped to basic training, then he started to earn some money with a job. So he never completed school. All Im saying is that it would be difficult becuase your mind is not entirely focued on school.
Answered By: Dan - 3/17/2007
 
I guess so. But im going as in officer. Try ROTC. it will help you out.
Answered By: Im Joining Air Force in 2 YEARS! - 3/17/2007
 
It is possible to do, yes... More
Answered By: Bill - 3/17/2007
 
You can. I am in the Army and I do college classes. The only thing about the Air Force, is that you have to use the take classes dealing with your job. The Army will pay for any classes you want to take. No matter what your job is.
Answered By: chkibo2000 - 3/17/2007
 
It's true, but you're not going to be able to complete college coursework while you're in training.
Answered By: a_wood80 - 3/17/2007
 
Well I can tell you this do not take the word of the recruiter only the word of black ink on official paper... More
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Answered By: mombogumbo - 3/17/2007
 
Yes and no. He's not telling you the whole story... More
Answered By: DH - 3/17/2007
 
Absolutely true...for all services. I served as a platoon leader and XO in the Army. I went to graduate school completing my MBA during my nights, weekend....leave time. It can be done you just have to remember that our duties come first. Don't worry....the USAF will remind you of that fact if you forget... More
Answered By: iraq51 - 3/17/2007
 
I was a pilot in the Air Force. They paid for my BSEE and then my MSEE (electronics). That was back in the first half of the 60s, but so far as I know, it has not changed.
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Answered By: Ray K - 3/17/2007
 
He is 100% correct. As was said by others posters, you will have to wait until you finish all your upgrade training (time will depend upon which career field you chose). You can go to school for ANYTHING. They do not care what you study. And as said, how much off-duty time you have to take classes will depend upon your... More
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Answered By: lexus4nxtc - 3/17/2007
 
im sure you can take college credit classes. heck, you can take credits online so i'm sure the military has some system set up. however, check out the specific classes they are offering to see if they match with your major.
Answered By: Matt - 3/17/2007
 
Absolutely. Many bases have a program on campus, staffed by the faculty of a nearby college. They will work with you. But bear in mind, your duties of the military come first.
Answered By: FLOYD R - 3/17/2007
 
You can take classes in any subject you want. The trick is, will you have the time to do it? The recruiter said in your free time - a lot of people don't have any. My husband has been trying to find the time to take online classes since he joined the Army, and his job just doesn't afford him the time to do so. He works... More
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Answered By: meesh933 - 3/18/2007
 
I'm in the air force so listen to me. If you join do not i repeat do not go open in any career field. If you want to go to school in your free time you can but just choose a career in the military that will allow you to have that time. Me myself i am a aircraft maintainer i don't have time to go to school because i am... More
Answered By: detroittova - 3/18/2007
 
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