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Student Records :: Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Military Training

A student's military training, courses, and occupational specialty may all be considered for college credit.  As a participating member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), Virginia Western follows the American Council on Education's (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in determining the value of learning acquired in military service when applicable to the service member's program of study. Military service credit in the occupational/technical areas (i.e., Engineering, Health Technology) may require approval by the appropriate school dean prior to award.

In order to receive credit for military training, the student must submit a military transcript which includes the ACE recommended credit and initiate a request for evaluation to the VWCC Records. NOTE: If the student submits only the DD214 and no military transcript, only credit for HLT 110 will be awarded.  Students who have completed basic training, regardless of the date of military experience, and have been honorably discharged may receive up to three credits for HLT 110.

The DSST program, formerly known as DANTES, is currently offered by Prometric. Virginia Western may award course credit for acceptable DSST scores, as recommended by the ACE. DSST credit cannot be given for a course that is not offered by the college.   A complete listing of current and prior tests and recommended scores may be found at:

Each branch of the service has its own transcript request service.  Depending on the branch in which you served, a transcript can be requested from the following:

Air Force:

CCAF/DFRS - Simler Hall STE 128, 130 West Maxwell Blvd, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

Army, Coast Guard, Navy or Marines:

Joint Service Transcript (JST) website:
For JST Technical Issues: NETPDTC, ATTN: JST Operations Center N615, 6490 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, FL 32509, Email:

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