Things To Ask Before Using Your GI Bills - (that's plural)

May 09, 2015



Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
Cartridge
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics

FULL FN SCAR SPECS HERE

 

  Words By Jerry Field. US Army Veteran. jfield@oakton.edu

There are several GI bills available for Veterans: various benefits based on time of service, length of service and other conditions. There are specific programs for Veterans so they can afford to graduate from college with a degree. Most GI education and skill training bills designed to pay tuition often include books and some include living expenses. There is also a transfer program for children and spouses.


When applying to colleges and trade schools, make sure to ask a few pertinent questions. Will the college accept Military training credits if the courses and training overlap with college and technical school courses? Will the school accept ACE credits? The latter is the American Council on Education that evaluates Military and corporate training and recommends college credit for skill training and corporate courses taken if you successfully passed and have a certificate. If the school refuses or will not consider offering college credit for previous Military course work, maybe it’s appropriate to interview at another school. The credit should be for core courses, not electives. Or if electives should be in your field of study it will advance your graduation date. Giving credit for life experience is often an elective credit. This type of elective credit usually cannot be used to fulfill graduation requirements. 

Ask what the tuition is and if there is a Veterans program. Illinois require all state college offer in-district rate often one 1/3 less than published rates. I suggest a community college as the first two years of college credit. Most all credits are transferable, if you are advised properly and you can save your funds for a masters. Community colleges also are inclined to accept ACE credits. 

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If you are looking at colleges, training schools or certificate programs, be sure the school is approved by the state or a Veterans government organization. And if you are at school and asked to identify yourself as a GI or Veteran and you are immediately sent to financial aid, suggest you find another school. The normal procedures for incoming students is to interview the student, acquaint the student with the programs available for your career needs and suggest a course of study that would best for obtaining ACE credits and getting your certificate or degree in the quickest time frame. If you are sent to financial aid first, it may not be in your best interest to remain at that school. It would appear that the financial backing of you GI bill is more of interested than the courses you want to pursue. 

Your MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) may be the key to job placement. Corporations recognize that Military training is often above average and has an on the job component as part of the classroom work. The Military offers the skill training, education, on the job training and experience all combined in the Military method of education and training as a single component.

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An example of job placement is the Quartermaster positions. This title could involve inventory control, payroll disbursements, financial analysis or supply chain management. A Medic can be an emergency room aide, a nurse, a doctor’s assistant or an EMS tech. All Medics pass the National Registry requirement for medical assistant. And motor pool technicians are usually SAE (Society of Automotive Excellence) certified and trained. They can work on today’s automobiles that have far fewer computer chips and sophisticated engines than our tanks, airplane engines and special vehicles. School should be looking at a GI’s training and placing him or her on a career track of their choice rather than the Military of method filling a needed job assignment.

For more information on using your Post 9/11 GI Bill, Check out our Guide HERE

When you see a one of our active duty servicemen or women or a Vet with a service pin, extend a hand shake and offer our unique greeting “Thank you for your service. “ You’ll be glad you did and so will they.