The Military Guide


​About the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

The Military Guide is the sole source of information for all military courses and occupations evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) from 1954 to present. ​​The Military Guide presents credit recommendations and detailed summaries for formal courses and occupations offered by all branches of the military. New courses and occupations are continually being evaluated by ACE, and these entries are added to the Military Guide on a daily basis.

Users can search for courses and occupations using the ACE identification number, keywords, course numbers, training location, dates completed, or subjects and levels.

All recommendations are based on ACE reviews conducted by college and university faculty members who are actively teaching in the areas they review. The team assesses and validates whether the courses or occupations have the appropriate content, scope, and rigor for college credit recommendations.

These credit recommendations appear on the service member’s Joint Services Transcript (JST).

ACE only reviews courses and occupations selected by the military services.

Course Evaluations

Courses listed in the Military Guide are service school training courses approved by a central authority within each service. These courses are conducted for a specified period of time using a formal course of instruction, in a structured setting, and with qualified instructors.

Course exhibits are reports on the results of ACE course evaluations.

The sample course exhibit (29 KB PDF) explains the content and purpose of each section. For courses evaluated after October 1, 2015, see the new sample course exhibit (143 KB PDF).​

When you read an exhibit, consider not only the credit recommendation section, but also the related learning outcomes, instructional strategies, methods of assessment, and minimum passing score sections. These portions of the exhibit outline the course content and scope and will help you determine the appropriate placement of credit for each individual student within the requirements and programs at your institution.

Occupation Evaluations

In conducting occupation evaluations, evaluators identify the skills, competencies, and knowledge required of service members in a given occupation specialty and relate that demonstrated learning to the same attributes acquired by students who have completed a comparable postsecondary course or curriculum. Because the evaluations are based on a comparison of learning outcomes, the amount of time a given enlisted service member may have spent acquiring occupational proficiency is not taken into consideration. The emphasis is on translating the learning demonstrated through occupational proficiency into terms used in formal civilian postsecondary education systems to recognize the same learning.

Occupation exhibits are reports on the results of occupation evaluations.

For most occupations, the credit recommendations are connected to the service member’s pay grade or skill level within the occupation. Due to the unique nature of the warrant officer community, however, the occupation evaluations for warrant officers apply to the community as a whole.

The sample occupation exhibit (29 KB PDF)​ identifies the various sections of the exhibit and describes the contents and purpose of each section. For occupations evaluated after October 1, 2016, see the new sample occupation exhibit (143 KB PDF).​

When you read an exhibit, consider not only the credit recommendation section, but also the description section. The descriptions are similar to learning outcome statements of postsecondary courses and programs of study, and provide essential information about the learning required for proficiency in the occupation. Comparing the description section with a description of the course or program of study that the student will pursue will help you:

  • Determine how much of the recommended credit applies to the course or program of study at your institution
  • Identify additional areas of possible credit
  • Resolve problems with duplication of credit when the applicant has applied for credit for more than one military learning experience
  • Place the student at the appropriate level in the course sequence or program of study

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Use of Data

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Terms of Use

This work and the data within it were entirely funded by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) under Contract N00189-15-C-Z075. The contractor, American Council on Education (ACE), has granted to the government and others acting on its behalf, as applicable under the contract, ownership or a paid-up, nonexclusive, irrevocable worldwide license in this and other contract deliverables and data, to, among other things, reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public, perform publicly and display publicly, works generated in performance of the contract.  

​General public use of this material is authorized only when maintaining the appropriate integrity and quality assurance of the data and publications; and only for the purpose of providing resources and information to service members, veterans, and academic program users; and only without charge; and only when prominently informing users of where to obtain free public access to the data or sources used.​

History of the Military Guide

In December 1945, at the request of civilian educational institutions and the regional accrediting associations, ACE established the Commission on Accreditation of Service Experiences—renamed in 1979 as the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials—to evaluate military educational programs and to assist institutions in granting credit for such experiences. The first edition of the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services was published in 1946.

The G.I. Bill, established in 1944 to aid veterans of World War II, was later extended to include veterans of the Korean War. The subsequent enrollment of many veterans in colleges and universities prompted the publication of the second edition of Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in 1954.

The 1968 edition was prepared in anticipation of the increased enrollment of veterans resulting from the educational assistance provided under the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966, and with the expectation that many would apply for educational credit for their learning experiences in the armed services. In addition, technological advances had necessitated major changes in service training, with a resulting need for new or revised educational credit recommendations.

The 1974 edition of the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services marked the beginning of the publication of biennial editions of the Guide through computerized composition, continual staff review of courses, and computerized storage of course information for a more rapid updating of credit recommendations. In 1994, the computerized system came in-house, with all data managed by ACE Military Evaluations Program staff.

Over the years, the recommendations contained in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services have assisted education institutions in granting credit to hundreds of thousands of service members. The recommendations have been widely accepted because formal military courses share certain key elements with traditional postsecondary education programs. They are formally approved and administered, designed for the purpose of achieving learning outcomes, conducted by qualified persons with specific subject-matter expertise, and structured to provide for the reliable and valid assessment of student learning.

In 1975, ACE implemented a program to evaluate learning represented by demonstrated proficiency in Army enlisted Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). Subsequently, the occupational assessment program was expanded to include Navy general rates, ratings, warrant officers, and limited duty officers; Army warrant officer MOS; Navy warrant officer and limited duty officer specialties; Coast Guard enlisted ratings and warrant officers; and selected Marine Corps MOS. A small number of Naval Enlisted Classifications (NEC) also have been evaluated.

In 1994, ACE published the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, 1954–1989. It contained all courses and occupations with exhibit dates from 1954 to December 1989. In 2005, this archived edition was incorporated online into the Military Guide.

In 2006, after 60 years of publishing the hardbound Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, the online version of the Military Guide became the sole source of information for all military courses and occupations that ACE continues to evaluate for the services.

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