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    Earning a Degree(01:31)

    Find out from service members how joining the Military can help you pay for school and the different ways you can earn a degree.

    Featuring:

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Vanessa Valdes, Coast Guard Reserve
    Cadet Ryan Cho, Army National Guard
    Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Crandall, Navy
    Capt. Ryan McHugh, Air Force
    Petty Officer 3rd Class Adrien Cheval, Coast Guard Reserve
    Sgt. Jacob Poulliot, Air Force
    Staff Sgt. Tara Currah, Air Force Reserve
    Staff Sgt. Saul Mendoza, Air National Guard

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Vanessa Valdes: I am a reservist at United States Southern Command. I am an intelligence specialist, 2nd class. And, on my personal time, I am a full-time student at Broward College, studying criminal justice.

Cadet Ryan Cho: I actually didn't know about the National Guard until I entered college. I didn't know about that reserve option. And that allowed me to both attend college and serve in a branch of Service in the Military and serve the country.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Crandall: I have one year left in the Navy. After that, I intend to use my GI Bill to pursue a degree in information technologies or computer science.

Capt. Ryan McHugh: I went to medical school at a civilian school, and the Air Force paid for it. You also have the option of going to the Military Medical School in Bethesda, Md. So, there's kind of two different ways.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Adrien Cheval: There's also tuition assistance, which can be attributed directly to your credits that you're taking at an accredited college, which I actually ended up using as an undergraduate at Florida State.

Sgt. Jacob Poulliot: It's really easy to get a degree in the Military. You have the education ability, as far as completing college, through multiple different universities. You can do it online. They also offer courses on base.

Staff Sgt. Tara Currah: I've been using my GI Bill almost all the way through college. My first year, I used the Montgomery GI Bill, as well as tuition assistance. It definitely makes a difference. It's a great opportunity, and I know I'm graduating without any college debt, so that's awesome for me.

Staff Sgt. Saul Mendoza: A lot of people think that it's either school or the Military. No. You can do both. Like, right now, I go to school full time, you know. I'm going to get my associate's, I'm going to get my bachelor's. There's no option necessary. You can do both.

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