Benefits of the Joint Services Transcript: Frequently Asked Questions
Do you remember just how much you have learned and accomplished during your time in the military? Your occupation training, leadership classes, joint training opportunities, and other military experiences could translate into college credit.
One essential document you’ll need when you begin applying for college or preparing to transition to your next career is the Joint Services Transcript, or JST. In one concise document, the JST lists all of your military course completions, occupation and career training , any college-level test scores you may have, and other military learning experiences. A summary page consolidates all this information showing the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for college credit. You might be surprised to see just how many of your skills from the military could possibly transfer to college credit. Also, the JST puts military terms into civilian language to help when writing a resume.
Whether you’re preparing to apply to schools or planning to meet with a career counselor, you probably have some questions. These are some of the most common questions asked about the JST:
- Why do I need a JST?
The JST is a single, detailed document that helps you get the most from college and career advising by compiling all of your information from a variety of military databases. Your military training and activities are explained in civilian language, making it possible for you to earn credits for work experience and training you have already completed, saving time and money on coursework.
- Who is eligible for the JST?
If you are a current Service member or a Veteran, you are eligible for the JST. This includes all officers and warrant officers from the Army (all components), Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. The JST system currently receives data from Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard personnel systems. If you’re in the Air Force, and you have attended DoD and/or other Services training, refer to the ACE Military Guide to see if your training has been ACE-evaluated and JST Operations personnel may be able to provide you with a JST. Access the Military Guide @ http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Military-Guide-Online.aspx.
- How much does it cost to get a JST? What do I need to do to send my transcript to a school?
Good news: JSTs, both unofficial and official copies, are free for Service members and Veterans! First, you will need to register at the JST site to access your documents. After you have logged in, click the “Transcript” link at the top of the page, then select “Official Transcript Request” on the transcripts menu. Search for your desired school on the next page, and acknowledge the consent statement. If you don’t see your school listed, have your school representative contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is there a limit to the number of JSTs I can send?
You can download and send unlimited electronic copies of your JST. Fortunately, many schools accept electronic copies in order to streamline the admissions and academic advising process. However, if you need to send a paper copy, there is a limit of two transcripts within a 30-day period, due to shipping and handling costs.
- Do all colleges and universities award credits based on the JST?
Each educational institution has its own policies that determine if the suggested credits are transferrable and how many transfer credits incoming students may be awarded. You may also receive more or fewer credits depending upon your specific degree plan.
Whether you’re applying for college or preparing for your next career move, the JST can help you earn the credit you deserve for your service in the military.
Visit the DANTES website to read more about the JST.
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