American Council on Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) has published a guide to assist servicemembers and veterans understand how academic credit for military training and experience is awarded. A Transfer Guide: Understanding Your Military Transcript and ACE Credit Recommendations provides simple, straightforward guidance on understanding military credit recommendations and transcripts and includes definitions of common terms, answers to frequently asked questions, and a transfer credit checklist.  The publication is available as a complimentary PDF on ACE's website (

Since 1945, the American Council on Education (ACE) has provided a collaborative link between the U. S. Department of Defense and higher education through the review of military training and experiences for the award of equivalent college credits for members of the Armed Forces. Registrars, admissions officers, academic advisors, career counselors, and DoD Voluntary Education professionals have a basis for recognizing military educational experiences in terms of civilian academic credit through the Military Guide Online.

More than 2,300 colleges and universities recognize the AARTS and SMART ACE-endorsed transcripts as official documentation of military experiences and accurate records of applicable ACE credit recommendations. Link: American Council of Education

Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)

AARTS is a computerized transcript system that produces official transcripts for eligible soldiers upon request by combining a soldier's military education and job experience with descriptions and college credit recommendations developed by the American Council on Education (ACE). JAARIS transcripts are available to regular Army, Army National Guard, Army Guard Reserve and Officers/Warrant Officers with prior enlisted service.  Link:  AARTS

Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)

SMART is now available to document American Council on Education (ACE) recommended college credit for military training and occupational experience.  SMART is an academically accepted record that is validated by ACE for active duty and Reserve Sailors, Marines and Navy separating after 1975, and Marines after 1999.  The primary purpose of SMART is to assist servicemembers in obtaining college credit for their military experience.  Link: SMART

Air Force - Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) utilizes a CPAF transcript to grant military credit. You can access the transcript service here. Link: USAF Air University

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Institute (CGI) transcript can be ordered through the Coast Guard site.  Learn more about the CGI transcript, as well as other transcript information.  Link:  Coast Guard Institute

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES is a Department of Defense (DoD) activity, located at Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida.  Its mission is to support the off duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and to conduct special projects and developmental activities in support of education-related functions of the Department.  Link: DANTES

Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) explains how Army soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs). Link: COOL

Army Continuing Education System (ACES)

The Army Continuing Education System promotes lifelong learning opportunities and sharpens the competitive edge of the Army.  Through the ACES program, a Soldier can earn a degree, obtain scholarships, and more.  Link:  ACES