More and more students are choosing to take classes online or get online diplomas. Many are homeschooled or even people who don’t have access to quality education. In either case, the United States military has been reported to deny enlistment from such students. According to the Mansfield News Journal, the State of Ohio recognizes online degrees and coursework that the military refuses to accept.
This issue can be a particular conflict in certain states, such as Texas, which have no regulations on homeschooling. The military looks at this lack of consistency among states, as do some other institutions. However, in Texas, colleges are required by law to accept homeschooled students. This is particularly important because many homeschooling groups online help military families who want to homeschool their children. With many military families abroad or in temporary circumstances, homeschooling can be a useful alternative or addition to traditional schooling.
The Homeschool Military Enlistment group is reacting to this discrimination against homeschoolers and arguing that it contradicts federal law. Specifically, they argue that this reflects a narrow-mindedness on the part of the Department of Defense and is particularly limiting considering the low rate of recruitment in the wake of two wars.
However, there are some ways to advocate that your child can get enter the military if he or she is homeschooled. The HSLDA suggests having students get experience via ROTC during college, rather than just trying to list right outside of high school. In addition, students can try to enter into service academies in order to get into the military. Students can also look into high school military camps to help gain access to the military. In fact, if students attend one or more semesters of college shouldn’t have any problems being recruited by the military.
Part of the conflict comes from various online degree programs lacking accreditation and isn’t recognized by the military. If your child is interested in going into the military with no recruitment issues at all, look carefully at what online programs might be recognized by the military. For example, many states have online programs that they sponsor or run that should be recognized by the military. It is important to note that much of the military recruitment process is a care by case situation when it comes to homeschooling, especially in terms of online high school degree programs. Homeschooling military family resources have many online blogs and discussion groups in which you can find out anecdotal information about recruitment in your area.