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My Navy recruiter informed me that if your enlisting into the Navy you go to bootcamp first then you got to A school for your designated job and you go to school the following year. This is so you can get well suited into your job. So basically what I'm saying is if you plan to enlist and your a high school senior and you applied to al these colleges if your not during the ROTC route you have waisted your time. Its Navy first then schooling
The choice is up to you, there are many options to pursue higher education while on active duty. Or you can wait until your time is up and go to college once you separate.
You can go to college or taking classes once you get to your first permanent duty station in the Navy. most commands will make you wait until you have been on deck ( checked in to your command) for a minimum of 1 year before you can qualify for Tuition Assistance however, there are other options including grants or out of pocket.
As mentioned in the other responses you can choose to go to school during your service or wait until you have completed service. Depending on the branch there are different incentives/benefits concerning school. In the Air Force, if you go to school while on active duty you can use what is called tuition assistance. It covers 100% of tuition and fees up to a max of 300 or 350 dollars per credit hour and there is an annual maximum as well that I cannot remember off hand. Other branches offer tuition assistance as well but I am not sure if it is more or less. This is a benefit that goes away once you leave active duty however. As mentioned in the other posts there are Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill which pay for college after service but can be used during service after 3 complete years of good standing service. Post 9/11 GI bill is probably the better plan especially if you wait until after service to use it. This plan pays your entire tuition and fees for any state college up to a maximum amount which varies from state to state and pays an allowance for housing at the E-5 with dependents rate for the zip code of your school. This is part of the 9/11 GI Bill can only be received after military service as you can only receive this allowance once at a time (during active service you are already receiving an allowance for housing). One other thing to consider is that certain states offer tuition or tuition and fees waivers for active duty/reservists/veterans. I don't know which states that entails but I know my state (MA) is one. Good luck and if you would like to know more are receive more guidance on this I can give you specifics by request on here or by adding me as a mentor!
I agree with the answer below. I know a lot of enlisted people that go to school while they are working. This is an option. It is not always one or the other. The military offers what is called tuition assistance, which means they give you many to go to school while you are working. Additionally, there is the post 9/11 bill that gives you many to use once you get out of the military. There are also stipulations where you can use at the same time you are working also with tuition assistance. So really there is a number of different ways you can get college paid for from the military.
You can go either way with it. a lot of it depends on the job you have in the military and possibly what branch you go into.