SOC: Providing Educational Opportunities for Servicemembers

SOC has suspended acceptance of applications for SOC Consortium membership in light of institutional involvement in the DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing process. Colleges and universities that are not current members of the SOC Consortium should sign the MOU as non-SOC members. Further information will follow at a later date.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

SOC Operating Programs

SOC Consortium

More than 1,700 institutional members that enroll hundreds of thousands of servicemembers, annually in associate, bachelor’s, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, armories, and military installations within the United States and overseas, and through a variety of distance learning methods.

Degree Network System

A subgroup of SOC Consortium member institutions selected by the Military Services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their families.


    — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Army personnel and their families.

    — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Navy personnel and their families.

    — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Marine Corps personnel and their families.

    — Associate and bachelor’s degree programs for Coast Guard personnel and their families.