How to Live Out Your Educational Future as a Military Spouse

How to Live Out Your Educational Future as a Military Spouse


By John Aldrich
Associate Vice President, Military Relations at American Military University
Repost from The Deployment Diatribes

Being deployed as a military spouse can make it difficult to pursue your dreams of completing your education. There will be other challenges you’ll face along the way that will interfere with your daily role with your family and career, but these will help to make you a stronger person in the long run. If you’re adamant about pursuing your education it’s important to know what your best options are and where to get help.

Seeking out local education resources can be a first step in the right direction. It also helps to surround yourself with positivity when you’re in the process of getting something as time consuming as an education off the ground. For a full list of resources and guidance to starting on a new educational path check out the remainder of the article,”Achieving Your Educational Dreams as  a Military Spouse.”


About the Author

John Aldrich is the associate vice president for Military Relations at American Military University (AMU). Prior to joining AMU, he served as an education services specialist for Marine Corps Base Twenty-Nine Palms California; director of career services and job placement at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort South Carolina; education services specialist for Navy College Programs, Sicily, Italy; and academic advisor for undecided students and student athletes at the University of Rhode Island. Aldrich also served as a Naval Hospital Corpsman, Fleet Marine Forces. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences and Services and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. John served as the 2008 chair for the Joint Spouses Conference Hawaii. He is married to Captain Dianne DeVoll Aldrich, USN (RET).  John enjoys any outdoor activity, cooking, and making furniture.