How online degrees are helping military personnel pursue a second career

  Aug 2, 2022

Online degrees are becoming popular among various categories and types of people in the society, thanks to the convenience and flexibility to pursue the course without modifying work schedules or commitments. It is a very convenient option for military personnel who are unable to pursue education in a traditional campus setting.

Military personnel have been early adopters of every remote mode of education – be it distance or correspondence or online programmes. Matriculation or senior secondary level education is the basic qualification for a preliminary-grade military role.

More than educational qualifications, these positions require and evaluate mental strength and physical capacity. Even for higher grades, specialised educational qualification is not required, except for some technical posts. As a result, majority of soldiers try to improve their qualifications through various modes.

Most active distance education study centres can be seen in military headquarters or camps. At any point in time, hundreds of learners enrol and pursue various courses in these centres through remote education.

The latest avatar of remote education, i.e., online learning, also fits soldiers who are eager to earn in-demand degrees to enhance their skills to achieve professional breakthroughs in and outside the military world.

Therefore, pursuing an online degree helps soldiers build a second career post-retirement.


During peacetime, military personnel who are posted in undisturbed areas may have some time to spend learning. Since everyone has a mobile device with an internet connection, these soldiers can study at their convenient time and pace.

Unlike distance/ correspondence mode, they do not need to use books to study, because all the online study material would be available on the learning management system (LMS).

Since there is no compulsion for attendance and the recorded lectures would be available on the LMS for every learner to revisit, a jawan need not worry about the attendance or missing classes.

Hence, even those who are on sentry duty can pursue the course and earn a degree in a seamless manner.


Army personnel retire at a relatively young age. Some of them could have unfulfilled responsibilities in their lives, such as education and marriage of their children, treatment of ageing parents and more.

Veteran military personnel normally hesitate to lead an idle life. However, the major challenge they face is finding a suitable job. Therefore, earning a degree while in service would be a good investment to start a post-retirement career in future.

Doing a degree in the most sought-after domains will help multiply their career prospects.


Now, online institutions have started offering degree courses in niche skills that have more demand in the employment market. The focus is on producing job-ready and future-ready professionals who would be relevant in any volatile situation.

Moreover, industry inputs are incorporated in developing course content for online degrees, and business leaders and experts deliver classes and webinars that aim to bridge the skill gap in the industry.

Pursuing such courses help military personnel gain these in-demand skills and boost chances of finding career options post retirement.

Online degree programmers are very advantageous for military personnel to start new careers post retirement. Organisations are ready to hire ex-military candidates because of their disciplined life and other soft skills.

Gaining the necessary skills and higher educational qualifications would give them a competitive advantage to secure a lucrative job and prosper in their second careers.

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