SOC: Providing Educational Opportunities for Servicemembers

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges’ (SOC) contract—funded by the Department of Defense (DoD)—will undergo some significant changes to the programs and services it provides for the 2015 Fiscal Year. SOC's contract has been modified to meet the changing programmatic needs and oversight demands of voluntary education sponsored by the Military Services and Department of Defense.

The most notable of these changes is the dissolution of the SOC Consortium, the voluntary membership confederation of colleges and universities across the country who collectively agree to abide by the SOC Principles and Criteria in their performance and actions on campus to facilitate degree completion by servicemembers. The SOC Consortium is being phased out and will be completely dissolved by December 31, 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions.

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 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.