Taryn asked me a question about my last post, and I thought I might clarify for all of the readers out there. In a nutshell, she asked why I was working on an associate's degree, when I already have a bachelor's and my master's. Good question Taryn! Trust me folks, I know it seems silly, and I probably don't take it as seriously as I should sometimes.
One of the perks as an enlisted Airman is that you earn credits at BMT and tech school that are transferrable to college. The BMT credit you get is strictly physical education, whereas the tech school credit is more technical in nature. After getting to your duty station, your education and training office enrolls you in a CCAF (Community College of the Air Force) program appropriate to your AFSC (job). If you're attending a civilian college on your own, you can transfer credits there, or if you've already completed college courses (like me), those credits can be counted towards your CCAF degree.
Why is this important? As a SNCO friend of mine back home says, it shows your leadership that you are knowledgeable and educated in your career field. If you look at the career biographies of airmen, they typically list deployments, awards, ribbons, and CCAF degrees. I remember standing in "the tunnel," waiting to report accountability to the NCO at CQ during BMT. On the wall were photos and biographies of the MTIs in each section, and they most definitely listed the above mentioned items.
I sent off my transcripts back in October to be analyzed, but still hadn't seen anything pop up on my CCAF progress report. It'd been too long, so I finally called this morning and got a live person on the line - yay! Turns out that none of my graduate coursework is transferable. Awesomesauce. I asked about my undergraduate transcript. Seems UCLA sent that under my maiden name, so it was laying around their office and they didn't know whom it belonged to. So, I straightened out that matter.
I hope I actually get to see some progress soon! I took a couple sign language classes at a community college a few years back, and I finally sent that transcript today, figuring that if none of my graduate work counted, these two might help. I have a feeling it's going to come back and tell me that I have to take something silly, like speech. I plan to take CLEP tests and test out of as many courses as possible, so that I earn my CCAF degree quickly.
My supervisor actually seemed surprised when I told her that they had my transcripts already. I think she underestimates how motivated I am. ;) While this was a minor setback this morning, I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere with this goal. I'm eager to have something to work towards as I wait for my TIS (time in service) to meet the requirements for ALS (Airman Leadership School).