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My son has signed up as a Nuke and has been waiting for a long time for his security clearance before being shipped to boot camp.

He has almost 80 college credits and now is stuck. He cannot join any college as he does not know when the security clearance will come, and with the 6 years min. program he losses his college credit, SAT, ACT scores everything.

At this point, he is just stuck, can't join any college, just has to wait and do a job which has no relevance to his career path. 

Are there any waivers or anything that can protect his college credits since he is going to serve?

My wife and really frustrated and feel helpless not being able to help him move on with his career in the Navy for which he is so excited.

Thank you.

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Why would he lose his accrued credits???

Because as per law your SAT, ACT, College credits are valid for 6 years only from the time the tests were taken to the best of my knowledge. Thank you.

Doesn't sound right to me, but if you've done the research, then you should know. I would say to go back and talk to his recruiter.

I know of no such law....

Will do that. Thank you.

He does not need to lose everything.  Does he have enough credits to build a general education AA?  If so, he can do this through the Navy college programs once he hits the fleet.  That's what I did with mine.  After one year at his first command, he can potentially enroll in one of many colleges with free Navy tuition assistance, transfer many of his credits, and preserve his credits as a continuing student.  Essentially, he can reset the clock on those credits by either getting them into a degree which can be used to build other degrees, or by becoming a transfer student.  While it is incredibly difficult for a busy nuke to complete a degree while active duty, it is not impossible to make moves to protect what they have already earned.  

I also believe the Navy can set them up to retake the ACT/SAT again for free.  I never took the ACT a second time after 1977, because I rolled my credits into an AA.  It was universally accepted after that, turned it into a BS after I separated from active duty, which became the building block for more education via the VA.  Whee. 

http://www.navycollege.navy.mil/


This is great to know. I will inform him and ask him to do more research on this. Thank you very much.
 

I can understand your frustration.  Our son had two years of college and was in DEP for 15 months before going to boot camp.  We all learned a lot through that process and I would encourage your son to keep asking questions and to be in regular contact with both his recruiter and his nuke recruiter.  One thing our son was encouraged to do was take a class like in electronics to not loose his study skills.  (He didn't and now that he is in A School probably wishes he had...)

Thank you.


James D Houser said:

I can understand your frustration.  Our son had two years of college and was in DEP for 15 months before going to boot camp.  We all learned a lot through that process and I would encourage your son to keep asking questions and to be in regular contact with both his recruiter and his nuke recruiter.  One thing our son was encouraged to do was take a class like in electronics to not loose his study skills.  (He didn't and now that he is in A School probably wishes he had...)

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