Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

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Troy University is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS)

The Servicemembers' Opportunity College (SOC) network was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to service members who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees.

The SOC Degree Network System (DNS) consists of degree-granting colleges and universities that have adopted policies outlined in the Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help Service members and their adult family members earn college degrees. Many courses offered by DNS institutions have two-way guaranteed transferability, making it easier for Service members to complete associate and bachelor’s degrees no matter where they move during their military careers. The SOC DNS was consolidated in Fall 2014 into a 2-year institution and 4-year institution system without Service branch designations (SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR, and SOCCOAST). DNS institutions will be required to sign the most recent DoD MOU governing institutions providing voluntary instruction to Service members.

Troy University will issue an SOC agreement for degree completion to any military student. Civil service and military dependents may request an SOC agreement. In order to obtain a SOC agreement, the student must have successfully completed six semester hours and met admissions requirements. The SOC contract will list all of the degree requirements for graduation with Troy University. All coursework must be completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities or from acceptable non-traditional sources, if applicable. Students must complete degree requirements within eight calendar years after the SOC contract is approved.