Education leads to success in more ways than one

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Russell Kuck
  • 62nd Airlift Wing command chief master sergeant
Today, we'll recognize the hard work of those who've earned their degrees during the combined college graduation ceremony. 

Education not only opens the doors to opportunity, but the process of learning also encourages you to explore your full potential. This is a reward no one can take. 

I just completed two of three classes that I recently signed up for. 

However, taking just one class at a time brings you closer to your degree. 

For those who've been putting off this great benefit, what's your excuse for not taking advantage of it? 

Active duty members have an opportunity to take advantage of several educational benefits exclusive to those serving in the armed forces. 

There are various programs to take advantage of, such as 100 percent tuition assistance, testing under the College Level Examination Program or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support exams. 

In some cases, the class or program you choose to enroll in also provides books as part of the tuition. 

Also a new program called the Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative provides a path to roll Community College of the Air Force degrees into civilian bachelor's degrees. 

Those who choose not to register for class need to stop making excuses. Prolonging this task will only hurt you in the long run. 

Learning not only expands your horizons regardless of what your career plans are, but the things you learn will build a stronger foundation in what you already know. 

Whether you're going for a specific degree or decide to just take some general classes, you're heading in the right direction. 

For those who are walking across that stage today, congratulations. 

What an accomplishment you've achieved! I challenge those who have yet to be part of this ceremony to accomplish what they need, and walk in the next ceremony. Hooah!