It took me 12 years, but I finally achieved my college degree. After 6 years in the military, background in Fire/EMS, and doing random internships and volunteer work, I now have a career in healthcare human resources. I do get frustrated though when I hear veterans say that college is not worth it. College is not just about learning, so here are some other things to consider when you are thinking about jumping into higher education.
Colleges have student associations, alumni groups, and clubs that can connect you to a variety of people. Some of these clubs host presentations from business and civic leaders, people who are always looking for the new talent. Schools like to use alumni groups to raise funds, but also as a selling point to potential students as a career network. People like to show allegiance to their old school by hiring graduates.
Interning is a semester long job interview that usually doesn't pay. But, if you are using your GI Bill, you can get the housing stipend as a form of a paycheck. The internship can also get you 3 to 6 credit hours toward your degree. Look at this way College Credit + Money + Networking = Future Job.
2) Useless Skills that Everyone Needs
English classes teach you about old books and how to write reports. But, it makes you a better writer, even if you are just writing emails and TPS reports. Marketing classes teach you how to sell to people, but also teach you to sell yourself. Computer science classes, even at the basic level can you make you the go-to guy in the office when someone has a broken computer and doesn't want to wait on IT. Sure, you will learn some cool things about science and history in school, but there is a variety of things you will learn that will help round out your skills.
1) It's Kind of Expected
Just like the military there is hierarchy and rank in the civilian population. Leadership courses and NCO schools are called college in the civilian world. Some of the highest paid jobs you can't even be considered for until you go to college, no matter your years of experience in the military. Yes, a military background has a much wider and deeper experience then a college degree. But, adding that college degree to your military background will make you way more marketable.