Can some experienced NCO's help me out here?

Is it true that once you get to a certain rank, the military begins to make you take college courses such as algebra (traditional academic college courses) in order to be promoted. I've even heard that for people to reach E-4, they are often forced to take academic college courses and earn a degree to be promoted. Is this true or can people go through their careers without having to take these traditional academic college courses? Are there senior NCO's without college experience?

Asked By: Dr. William Goat - 12/14/2010
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My experience is Army only. I will tell you from experience, college is nothing to be afraid of. Why are you so against it... More
Answered By: Sarah M - 12/14/2010
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It depends on which branch you're talking about, entirely. I know the most about the Army and Air Force promotion system and little about the Navy and Marines but I believe the Marines is similar to the Army. In the Army you get points for promotion by taking college classes. You can get promoted without the points... More
Answered By: kuniggety - 12/14/2010
No one will FORCE you to take any educational courses outside of your initial entry training. It is up to YOU to prepare YOURSELF for one else's job... More
Answered By: redleg_army - 12/14/2010
If you don't have the promotion points (and sometimes nobody does, the cutoff scores skyrocket for no apparent reason once in a while), then you may have to take some correspondence or college courses to get the numbers up. But no, you don't need to. Plenty of E7's have no college. By the time you start seriously... More
Answered By: James - 12/14/2010
All I can answer to is the USAF enlisted side. You can earn an associates degree in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) through a combination of formal military training, Professional Military Education, and college courses. If you have previous college credit, in most cases you can transfer that as well... More
Answered By: Houd1n1 - 12/14/2010
In the AF your education doesn't count for promotion until you reach MSgt. To be able to earn SMSgt and CMSgt you will need to have your CCAF and an associates degree. A bachelors degree is not required for either rank. But they do want to see that you are working towards that end... More
Answered By: usafbrat64 - 12/14/2010
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