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I Used the GI Bill to Attend Online School and Travel the World


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  • I thought I’d travel the world as a linguist in the US Air Force but ended up in Augusta, Georgia.
  • When I left the USAF, I enrolled in an MBA program using my GI Bill benefits.
  • The GI Bill provided a housing stipend for distance education that I used to travel while I studied.

When people think about joining the US Armed Forces, they probably have a few different visions in mind. It’ll be hard, surely, but you’ll make some of the strongest friendships of your life and you’ll be able to travel the world. 

That’s what I thought when I enlisted in the Air Force in late 2009. Joining as a linguist, my recruiter had dazzled me with tales of faraway lands I might someday visit. Korea, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii, and the United Kingdom were all on the list of possibilities, which seemed positively exotic for a girl who had barely left the US. 

Alas, my hopes were dashed when I was given Arabic as my designated language to learn — and subsequently told I’d be living in Augusta, Georgia, for the length of my career. So, yes, I traveled, clear across the United States from California and down into the deep South. 

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