Two military schools in my county, provisionally accredited for decades finally got the push from (likely former DoD secretary who long served as local member of Congress) to become full fledged schools where transfer credits count the same as a civilian high school, junior college, college, or graduate school. Where you were allowed to say you had your AA, BA, BS, MS, MA, and PhD from these two institutions, now the rest of the education system in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and five partner accrediting agencies have to see these two as full members, and with full rights and standing and not just a mere accreditation. They finally, in a sense, earned that third stripe. This is a big thing and this year, the websites of those schools got the (.edu) designation most associated with accredited schools. Also I don't know if that amounts to a price break for the site or tax writeoffs but there's something in there financially that's good in running a school as a .edu entity versus anything else. I remember meeting a friend from local career group who has his master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and he wanted to enroll in same studies at my civilian university, and I was puzzled. It seems just outside the county, many employers didn't consider a military school (other than the famous service academies) to hold the same level of prestige. While he knew and I knew his master's degree was as solid as any in the field, using the same texts and in my county the very same professors, he knew what he could face when he left the area after the navy. Back then, he spent another two years through the same classes and same professors getting that master's degree which would "count". This year, highly qualified graduates of the two local schools won't have to redo anything and their degree stands as legitimate and not some "military" training only. Anyway, I put it here in these forums because whether it's said or not, there seems to be a lot of discrimination in all things military. Why is that and is it politically incorrect in circles I float around in (intellectuals, liberals, Green party members, etc)? When John Kerry said that not going to school will make it a possibility to get sent to Iraq in the battlefield, there seemed to be this notion that if you are dumb, you go to war. Even though he was Ivy League, he knew what he was doing when he went to the navy but saw that many, through lack of funds and lack of education, have almost nowhere to go but the battlefields of Vietnam where he saw them die. Why do some liberal elites think this way that the kids from trailer parks and ghettos "settle" for the military, military housing, military life, and military education? Are they being punished and where's there any talk about the luck of where you were born and to who? While the department of education and regional accrediting agency has given their full blessing (and there are of course different levels of full blessing), they are real schools but now with real transfer units as any non-military school. PS- I put up a rather recent thread on the deteriorating situation of service academies, and one a ways back about the decline of the VA, but that's a different topic not related to this thread.