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The DD Form 295 is the official military transcript for
all Officers or Warrant Officers, regardless of their Pay
Entry Basic Date (PEBD), and for Enlisted soldiers with a
PEBD before 1 October 1981.
- The soldier obtains a copy of DD Form 295 from his
or her unit.
- The DD Form 295 is a four page form which allows
the Guard member to document formal military service
schools, military correspondence courses, and
Enlisted and Warrant Officer Military Occupational
- The soldier locates supporting documentation (i.e.
1059 Evaluation Reports and/or diplomas for service
schools, or copies of official orders awarding an MOS,
or completion certificates for correspondence courses)
for his or her military learning experiences, and
organizes them in chronological order by the categories
- The soldier refers to the Sample DD Form 295
available at his or her unit and TYPES the required
- The soldier's unit forwards the DD Form 295, along
with supporting documentation for each military learning
experience listed, to the Education Services Office.
- The Education Office staff attempts to locate
the soldier's military learning experiences in the
ACE Guide, if found the staff fills in the
ACE Guide Course or Occupation Identification Number
in block 19 of the form.
- If we can not locate the military learning
experience in the ACE Guide it is likely that the
service school has not asked the American Council on
Education to evaluate its course. If this is the
case, the Education Office staff will complete a
"Request for Course Recommendation" for each
- The form will accompany the DD Form 295 when the
Education Services Officer embosses it with the
Education Officer's seal and mails the packet to the
soldier's chosen college's. If a recommendation is
not provided the soldier may ask the college or
university to do an individual evaluation of the
unlisted service school.
- The soldier will verify the receipt of the DD Form
295, allow the accepting institution ample time to
evaluate his or her military experience, and will then
speak with a college official to negotiate the amount of
college credit awarded for military learning
- 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.
- If you are in the early stages of obtaining a
college degree and have not decided upon which school
you will attend it would be wise to have your DD Form
295 sent to several institutions. The amount of credit
awarded for military learning experiences could vary
- 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.
- 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.
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