How to Transfer Military Training to College Credits

Grand Canyon University (GCU) recommends all military students have a pre-evaluation of previous college and military experience to assist in determining if GCU is the right fit for their education goals. At GCU, our goal is to help make transferring military credits to a college degree as easy as possible.

As a military student, you have earned potential college credits through military training and experience that has been evaluated by the ACE. A military university counselor can help you determine how to transfer military training to college credits so that you can maximize your experience. They can also assist you in obtaining unofficial copies of college transcripts from all previous schools and universities as well as military service transcripts.

Check out our list of frequently asked questions to learn more about your opportunities at GCU.

Military FAQs


Air University

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GCU is proud to serve military members, veterans and their dependents as a military-friendly university. We offer flexible online and evening degree programs, military university counselors dedicated to helping you use your benefits, a Veterans Affairs Office and more. Explore the benefits of attending GCU.

Transfer Center

The GCU Transfer Center offers a variety of resources to help you prepare to transfer credits to GCU. As a military member, you may be able to transfer up to 60 credits from military training (up to 30 military credits, plus 30 alternative transfer credits), in addition to approved certificates and national exams.


Military Training

As a military student, you may transfer a total of 60 credits from military training, which can be evaluated from the following military service transcripts: 

  • Army/Navy/Marines/Coast Guard - A Joint Service Transcript (JST) can be obtained at jst.doded.mil/smart/welcome.do All veterans should always submit a DD214 for evaluation
  • Air Force - Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts can be obtained at au.af.mil/au/ccaf Veterans separated prior to 1950 should submit a DD214 for evaluation.

If you are unable to obtain military transcripts, you may submit a DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for evaluation of college credit. All credits evaluated must meet the requirements of the degree and satisfy specific course requirements in order to be transferred towards the degree program.

Military Forms