Defending the beach at Asbury Park, May, 1942. The 44th Infantry Division, a largely NJ National Guard unit, was called to active duty at Fort Dix in November, 1940 and was part of a large maneuver in 1942 in which forces were deployed along the NJ coast to repel a mock invasion. These soldiers are setting up a .50 caliber machine gun on the Asbury Park beach.
SOC member institutions are accredited, degree granting, and are listed in the Higher Education Directory. As members, they agree to: a reasonable transfer of credit to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication; recognize and use the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience; award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE); and limit academic residency requirements to no more than 25% of the overall degree requirement, or 30% if the degree is entirely online. Each institutional member has designated an Institutional Representative, SOC Counselor, and VA Counselor to assist servicemembers with their educational requirements and answer their questions. These individuals are the Soldier’s first line of contact for issues involving their education. SOC members welcome the added advantage of Soldier-students attending their institutions and are committed to enhancing the quality of their work through education. Soldiers with questions or concerns about SOC colleges and universities can call SOC’s helpline at 1-800-368-5622. For more information visit SOC’s web site at www.soc.aascu.org. SOC can help you:
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Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
SOC is a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor supporting government-sponsored education programs funded through a DoD-managed contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). SOC is dedicated to supporting, expanding, and improving the voluntary postsecondary education needs of servicemembers worldwide.