DoD Offers Help With College Prep

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

One reason so many veterans struggle in school is that they are not given adequate tools and support to prepare them for the rigors of college level studies.  (See recent post on the need for academic preparation)

Programs like Veterans Upward Bound and VetSuccess offer academic support and skills building, but since there are so few locations they are only able to assist a limited number of veterans.

Thankfully a partnership between Peterson’s education services and the Department of Defense now makes it possible for service members (including Guard, Reserve and military retirees) and their families to access a great new online tool that not only helps build their academic skills, it also helps them prepare for exams like the CLEP, ACT, SAT, LSAT, GRE and GMAT.

Peterson’s website boasts that their Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) for Military Success is designed for individuals who want and need to build their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and math skills to pass their exams, excel in their jobs, advance their careers, or continue their education.

Active duty Service members can access OASC via their Service portals (AKO, NKO, AF-Portal, Coast Guard). But the cool part is that all service members (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Air National Guard, and Reserve), regardless of activation status (active, retiree, contractor, or civilian) and their families are eligible for this service.

The DoD MWR Library website provides study guides, printable sample tests, resources, articles, and related links for various examinations, as well as links to OASC.

About the Author

Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • tdhowell

    That was a typo in the “teaser” not the headline and it was caused by a publishing issue. Thanks for the feedback.

    • maria

      thanks for the clarification. Do you think you could make this information available to veterans who are currently incarcerated? It would give them so much hope!
      Thanks again!

  • Ryan

    If you’re still in the military, STAY IN! There’s nothing out here, and college felt like going back to high school. Now I’ll be lucky to get a job at Starbucks when I graduate.

    • Check out all and every hybrid college program that allows you to work and go to school–perhaps going on campus only once a week or less. Pick the right major. Unlike the military where ‘any degree will do” for an officer promotion, civilian employers want technical degrees or even look into Agriculture which is begging for employees. One of the major problems is colleges are selling degrees not employability–so buyer beware. Even the most selective colleges are ‘selling’ degrees that don’t translate into immediate employability. Ryan, I’m a 25 year career development and Human Resources consultant in the private sector. I would love to help you.
      Friend me on facebook. margaret mcintyre-farina

  • Vidal

    I’m a Vietnam Vet with a BS in (never got my foot in the door) Chemical Engineering, back in school and almost done with a Network Engineering degree — looks hopeful with a 3.1 gpa — demand is there but no work yet?
    eyes on CCNA, CCNA sec, CCNA Wireless, CCNP Route, GRE exams
    could really use help….

    V in Clearwater, FL

  • Doug

    As usual, current veterans are not eligible once we’ve served, go figure.

  • Matt327

    Active Duty and dependents had access to Peterson’s in the early 2000s. It was a pain to get to through the different sites and links, but it was there.

    What has changed? Why is this news now? Shouldn’t it be mainstream since it has been available about 10 years?

  • DAVID C.

    (In response to Doug)
    I’m a current veteran (not a retiree, contractor, or DOD civilian) and I just signed in the DoD MWR Library website with no problem. I just listed the location where I ETS from and said I’m a civilian there. The study guides are in .pdf format, so I just downloaded it to my hard drive. The Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) is a separate site (with different login). These cost about $100 in bookstores.

  • nramdeen

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  • Dr. Clair Hinckley

    What do we know about the experience of veterans recovering from traumatic brain injury when they go on (or go back) to college? Recovery can be a long, slow process, and I wonder what sort of additional support is available to these folks.