An ex-marine once conducted a class on the art of negotiation. He laid down a string in the front of the classroom and asked two students to come up and stand on each side. Their assignment was to convince the other to step over to their side. After much bribing, cajoling and promise-making, it appeared the exercise would end in a stand-off: until the instructor stepped in and simply suggested the following: “I’ll step over to your side if you’ll step over to mine.” Problem solved.
When both parties win, the negotiation is deemed a success. In the case of receiving your college degree while in the military, you can actually come away with a win for three parties: you, your military branch, and your future civilian employer.
Earning a college degree can prepare you for a winning career in the military. You may have already noticed that the promotion potential for a commissioned officer is largely dependent upon having a college degree. Even enlisted soldiers are able to rise in the ranks as they start to accumulate points for relevant training via college courses. The fact that you can demonstrate how far you’re willing to go to advance your career often says a lot about who you are. And that can eventually have a direct, winning affect as your superiors consider your qualifications for a promotion. Besides, wouldn’t you rather be in a field that you enjoy and feel passionate about?
Your degree can also offer up a big win for your branch of service. That’s because, as your employer, they now have an”upgraded” soldier that essentially becomes a better performer for the military. You’ve become a more qualified service member that can take on a more challenging position in the field. This is one of the key reasons the military strongly encourages you to further your education outside of the military classroom. They’ll even help by offering generous military tuition assistance programs to you and your spouse.
Similar winning benefits apply to your employer if and when you decide to enter the civilian world. Every employer is looking to fill their open positions with the best qualified candidate they can afford. That makes your military experience and skills, along with your college degree, a winning combination for many employers.
Naturally, the fact that you’ll come out a winner won’t hurt either. According to the Department of Labor, a Bachelor’s degree graduate will earn almost $30,000 more per year, ($1 million more in lifetime earnings), compared to someone with a high school diploma. This competitive advantage is practically yours for the asking, thanks to the added incentive of tuition assistance from the government! So, it makes perfect sense to go for that winning college degree right now!