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Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Study While on Duty

If you and your family frequently transfer, it can be very difficult to complete your college degrees. That is why SOC, an association of approximately 1900 colleges and universities, was created: to ensure Servicemembers like you and your family are given sufficient educational opportunities. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and coordinated through DANTES.

The SOC association of schools has agreed to work together to make it easier for you and your family members to enroll in college programs by simplifying credit transfers and reducing residency requirements (the credits required to earn a degree at a given school). In addition, SOC schools normally offer distance learning programs, as well as degree programs and individual courses.

SOC annually publishes the "SOC Consortium Guide", which lists detailed information, that includes each member school's appointed SOC representative, programs, and policy on Credit-by-Exam and ACE credits.

Degrees that Match Your Military Occupation

SOC coordinates associate and bachelor's degree programs in a variety of curriculum areas for the Army (SOCAD), Navy (SOCNAV), Marine Corps (SOCMAR), Coast Guard (SOCCOAST) and Army National Guard (SOCGuard). SOC Colleges and universities on or near Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard installations worldwide offer these degree programs. Within each curriculum or degree network, member colleges guarantee to accept each other's credits in transfer.

SOC also offers a program that allows Servicemembers the opportunity to select a college concurrently with enlistment in the Army or Army Reserve. This program is called ConAP.

Note: Due to the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) the Air Force doesn't have an Air Force-specific SOC program; however, the Air Force is a member of SOC under the general SOC program.

SOCAD is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Army. It consists of colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degree programs on or near Army installations worldwide. These colleges have joined together to form networks in which each college guarantees to accept credits from all the others. This ensures Army students and their adult family members can continue toward completion of their degrees even though the Army may transfer them several times. Degrees are also available by distance learning that require no classroom residency.

SOCNAV is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Navy. It consists of colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degree programs on or near Navy installations worldwide. These colleges have joined together to form networks in which each college guarantees to accept credits from all the others. This ensures Navy students and their adult family members can continue toward completion of their degrees even though the Navy may transfer them several times.

SOCMAR is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Marine Corps. It consists of colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degree programs on or near Marine Corps installations worldwide. These colleges have joined together to form networks in which each college guarantees to accept credits from all the others. This ensures Marine Corps students and their adult family members can continue toward completion of their degrees even though the Marine Corps may transfer them several times.

SOCCOAST is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Coast Guard. It consists of colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degree programs on or near Coast Guard installations worldwide. These colleges have joined together to form networks in which each college guarantees to accept credits from all the others. This ensures Coast Guard students and their adult family members can continue toward completion of their degrees even though the Coast Guard may transfer them several times.

SOCGuard is a liaison program between the members of the ARNG and SOC Colleges and Universities. The program seeks to help ARNG servicemembers get every opportunity to pursue their educational goals.

ConAP is a concurrent admissions program partnership between the Army Recruiting Command and over 1800 participating colleges. When Soldiers enlist in the Army or Army Reserve, recruiters encourage them to select a ConAP college and send the school the required form stating their intent to enroll during or after their enlistment. Most enlistees are high school diploma graduates with Montgomery GI Bill education benefits.

Your Next Step

If you are planning to enroll in a SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR, SOCCOAST, or SOCGUARD program, your next step should be to contact the nearest Educational Services Office to get started earning your degree. Additionally you can receive free information directly from several SOC affiliated schools by filling out one simple form here at Military.com. Get started on expanding your horizons and achieving your goals.

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