Members of the Armed Forces, past and present, have access to Military Transcripts which verify military training and experience and, where appropriate, provide recommendations for college credits. Military transcripts are generated from information in military personnel records and, therefore, unique to the individual service member. Let’s take a look at the importance of military transcripts to you.
In this Resource:
- Potential college credit
- How to use your VMET
Potential college credit
Potential college credits appearing on military transcripts are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Basically, ACE conducts a thorough review of a course (such as military training) then makes a recommendation for the amount of college credit the course may be worth for potential transfer into programs of study such as certificates, licenses, and college degrees. At the discretion of the school, college credit may then be awarded to satisfy course or program requirements.
In other words, the ACE credit recommendations help current and prior military personnel gain access to academic credit for training and experience completed via workplace learning during military service. Based on decades of reliable course equivalency information, ACE recommendations are accepted not only by schools, but by corporations, labor unions, government agencies, and professional and volunteer associations as well.
The DD Form 2586, Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET), documents the primary and duty history of Military Occupational Specialties, formal training courses, and professional military education completed by military personnel. The VMET database contains records of individuals who served in the four DoD military services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy) on or after October 1, 1990.
The VMET document is available online at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/index.jsp or you may contact a military transition office for more information. To log into VMET, one of the following credentials will be needed:
- CAC (Common Access Card)
- DS Logon, Level 2
- DFAS myPay LoginID and Password
Missing information or errors on the VMET for current military personnel may be added through the standard personnel file submissions to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC). Veterans may contact DMDC at 1-800-727-3677 regarding corrections to the VMET document. Coast Guard information is not in the VMET database. However, if you served separately in one of the four DoD military services on or after October 1, 1990, there may be information about your DoD military service in the VMET database.
Military transcripts are also available from the individual branches of the Armed Forces. Like the VMET, these documents verify the service member’s basic training, Military Occupational Specialties, formal training courses, and professional military education along with ACE credit recommendations. Additionally, military transcripts for some of the service branches provide proof of government-funded college coursework, apprenticeship programs, college degrees, college equivalency and placement exam results (i.e. SAT, ACT, CLEP) for tests taken at military testing centers, as well as test scores for Armed Forces Classification exams such as the AFCT, DLPT, and DLAB.
Military transcripts are available online at the following websites:
- Community College of the Air Force Transcript: http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp
- Army / American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS): http://aarts.army.mil
- U.S. Coast Guard Official Transcript: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgi/active_duty/go_to_college/official_transcript.asp
- Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART): https://smart.navy.mil
Instructions for log-in, corrections, and requesting official military transcripts are available on each site.
How to use your VMET
The VMET and service-specific military transcripts can be used in a variety of ways:
- gaining college credit for educational programs of study. An evaluation of an Official military transcript or VMET by a school may lead to an award of college credits to satisfy course requirements toward a certificate, license, or college degree. This could represent a significant decrease in the time and expense of achieving your educational goals. Whether a school accepts the ACE credit recommendations depends on its policies and procedures for transfer credit, your program of study, and your degree requirements.
- writing a resume’, job applications, and interviewing for civilian employment. Training and course descriptions on the VMET and military transcripts translate military terminology into civilian terms for ease of understanding as well as verification of job skills and experience from your military service.
- documenting all military training and experience which can be used to support your having met training and/or course requirements to qualify for civilian occupations, certificates, licenses, or programs of study.
If you are looking for the motivation to go back to school, check out the college credit recommendations on your VMET and military transcript. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Sources consulted for this Resource:
U.S. Department of Defense - https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/index.jsp