5/23/14 A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is important to active duty military, to those who are no longer on active duty, and to those who have served our country and are now veterans.
One of the statistics reported by the U.S. Census Bureau is the number and percent of higher education degrees attained by the population. Based on the 2010 survey, for the first time, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults aged 25 years and older have earned a degree. Almost 18 percent have a bachelor’s degree, 10 percent earned a master’s, and the remaining received a doctorate.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs documented in a 2009 report that there were close to 600,000 veterans enrolled in educational programs. That number increased to slightly more than 900,000 in 2012. In our current political climate, across the board cuts in spending and a reduction in our military forces are inevitable. The sequestration in 2013 had an immediate detrimental effect on military students and veterans. The cutbacks required in 2014 (and beyond) are causing members of our military to reconsider the options for their future.
All branches of the armed forces require members to be high school graduates or have equivalent credentials, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Officers usually need a bachelor’s degree. As the number of people in the general population who possess a bachelor’s degree increases, the requirement for a higher level degree, such as an MBA, has gone up significantly.
TheAir Force encourages its members to obtain a master’s degree to advance in their military career. Officers entering as military lawyers need a law degree. For commissioned officers, promotions may require a combination of a degree with training and experience.
An MBA can provide numerous opportunities for all military personnel. These opportunities can stem learning new concepts and ideas, collaborating with peers, examining research, and applying classwork to the workplace. There can be both personal rewards from learning new things and professional rewards from bringing new skills and credentials to the workplace.
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