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What is JST?

JST is the Joint Services Transcript that has replace the Coast Guard Institute Transcript, the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) and the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). JST is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations.

The JST provides a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language. It serves as a counseling tool for academic and career counselors in advising service members and veterans. It serves as an aid in preparing resumes and explaining Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy work experience to civilian employers. It also saves time and money by awarding academic credits, which means less tuition to pay and less time spent in the classroom.

ACE credit recommendations recognize three kinds of learning:

  • Successful completion of formal service school courses that are longer than 45 hours in duration;

  • Successfully held Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs), and

  • Passing scores in college-level tests, such as the CLEP, DSST, and Regents College Examinations.

Please Note: The ACE credit recommendation can be accepted, modified, or rejected by a college or university. Whether an academic institution accepts the credit recommendations depends upon its policies and procedures for transfer credit, your program of study, and your degree requirements

Credit recommendations may be applied toward Army National Guard promotion points only if a college or university first accepts the credit recommendations and adds the awarded credit on its official college transcript.

As a GENERAL rule, Guard members are more likely to have college credit awarded for military experiences if they attend a Service member Opportunity College (SOC); however, it is important to note that the amount of credit awarded for military experiences can vary considerably between Illinois schools in the SOC network. Soldiers are encouraged to shop for an education wisely. Get the best education possible at the most reasonable price.

Who is eligible for the a JST?

All enlisted, officers and warrant officers, both active and veterans from all Army components, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Note that JST receives its data from underlying Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy personnel systems. Air Force personel should contact CCAF to receive transcripts (URL: www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp).

What benefit does JST provide me?

It provides a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language. It serves as a counseling tool for academic and career counselors in advising service members and veterans. It serves as an aid in preparing resumes and explaining Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy work experience to civilian employers. It also saves time and money by awarding academic credits, which means less tuition to pay and less time spent in the classroom.

How do I view and print my personal/unofficial transcript?

Once you have logged into the JST website, click on the link at the top that says "Transcripts". From there, you can view your transcript by using the "Transcript" link. This page also has links that allow you to view your transcript. The transcript contains sections for Military Course Completions, Military Experience and College Level Test Scores. You can print or save the transcript for your records.

What do I have to do in order to have my official JST sent to a school? How much does it cost?

After you log on to the JST website you will click the "Transcript" link at the top of the page and then on the "Transcripts menu" you will click the "Official Transcript Request. On the next page, search for the school and select the institution from the list. Select the correct institution (verify spelling and location are correct) in the resulting search results. On the next page, acknowledge the consent statement and click "Yes".

NOTE:

In the event your school is not listed, please have your school representative contact jst@doded.mil and request their school be added.

There is no cost for JST transcripts.

Do all colleges/universities accept the recommend credit listed on JST?

It is up to each institution to decide what ACE credit recommendations can be accepted, modified, or rejected. Whether an academic institution accepts the credit recommendations depends on its policies and procedures for transfer credit, your program of study, and your degree requirements.


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