Military Spies — One interesting trick foreign industrial spies use is to pretend to be a college student in order to start up conversations with individuals who have industrial knowledge. The military industrial spies from Russia, China, Iran, and other places have been known to pretend to be someone important and yet contact their targets using a free-mail account with someone else’s name.
Interestingly enough, some dastardly private investigators, and also law enforcement personal in the US do the same thing, it’s a tactic well known, far and wide, globally in fact.
What about someone contacting their target using an .edu account from a college, does that make them legitimate? No, not really, actually an .edu is probably not sufficiently safe in this case. You see, our colleges have been completely infiltrated by spies, etc., and they are not secure.
Someone could use your name or the name of a rather important researcher, company executive, or high-ranking official to talk about the latest technology, and you, the target would naturally assume that you were talking to one and the same, but you are really conversing with a spy with ill-intent, and perhaps even divulging information as well.
It’s very easy to get tricked using this tactic, that is someone using a g-mail or any free-mail account to discuss things with someone who might assume through social engineering etc, that they were talking to the real individual whose name was being used.
Interestingly enough, a think tank coordinator, I’ve had online communications with many people in the past, which I could never actually verify who they were so I tread lightly, it’s happened a lot more than I can care to count. Cyber security is very important and the Chinese, Russians, and Iranians just exploit the crap out of our communications systems. It’s just amazing really.
Consider how easy it would be for someone to claim it was you and get a Yahoo (dot) free-mail account and start emailing everyone, telling them they were doing college research. When it comes to corporate intelligence gathering they teach students how to exploit information this way. See all those points? Someday, I’d like to track all of the people who’ve ever contacted me, and I bet there would be 4 or 5 spies in the list, I am absolutely certain of it.
Of course, the purpose of this article is to let people with sensitive information know about the realities and to consider what information they give up to whom, what they post online, and to verify whom they are speaking to on the Internet. Please consider all this.
After you get done with the military or you become eligible to use your GI Bill you will want to take a close look at the colleges to see which are the most military friendly but also you will want to see which give college credit for military training.
Industrial and Military Spies
Many people do not think of this when they are applying to colleges but both on-campus and online colleges accept a certain amount of military training as credits. This will not only allow you to get through school quicker and maybe avoid some bad classes but it will also save you thousands as the average price per class at many schools is $500+ a class. If you can save $1,500-$5,000 from military training credits then that is more money in your pocket.
Now not all colleges are friendly to the military and to be honest there are many who flat out don’t want to have to deal with the paperwork involved with the GI Bill and other programs. For every college that doesn’t want to process this there are twice as many who want your money and will even help you along the way more than they would any other regular civilian student.
These are what we would call military friendly colleges as they go the extra mile for those who have served their country. The schools take a stance that after you have served your country the last thing you want to do is go through pages of paperwork and weeks if not months of other processing just to get in a school. Once you submit your information then you just sit back and they do the rest.
A lot of these colleges happen to be online for whatever reason which in today’s world an online degree is as good as any others by employer’s standards plus they give you the flexibility of being able to still work another job or do other work in the military while you are working on your degree.
But for some living on a campus and doing school full-time is what they want. There are military friendly schools for just about every liking and just about every region of the United States. The thing you have to remember when choosing a college that gives you credit for your training while in the military is to make sure the school is accredited, has the program you want, and make sure to check out reviews of the school online on sources such as , , Google Reviews, and more.
Last but not least choose the top three colleges that you would want to attend and get an enrollment supervisor on the phone as they can tell you an exact number of credits you would get at their school compared to others.
Any civilian who walks into a military base, abroad or domestic, will see each facility includes a building called an education center. Their purpose is simple, to allow soldiers to further their educations. One would also see about ten to twenty percent of that base’s troops attending some online college, almost always on a military grant or scholarship.
When one thinks about it, it makes perfect sense. Advancing one’s education is a good way for non-comms to advance to specialist ranks. Officers too can be seen at these centers, as these degrees help them climb up the advancement ladder. No matter what, this form of education increases a soldier’s chances of a satisfying career when he or she returns to full civilian life.
Most important, is with these centers, a soldier can continue his education wherever he or she’s stationed. This includes anywhere from the hot zones of the Middle East to a float in the Arctic Circle. Both the four services and their servicemen get an added advantage in that if the soldier gets orders to pack up and go to a new assignment, they can continue their education once they are allowed to plug back in.
As for getting the financial aid needed to take these courses? It turns out the government can be quite generous in this area. Each education center usually comes with a financial officer. His job is to help point out the number of programs that are available to non-comms and officers alike.
A primary source of funding is called TA/DANTES (Tuition Assistance/Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Services). Many times, this funding can cover as much as 100% of tuition as well as put in a healthy stipend for text books and software. Created by the government in 1974, DANTES is dedicated to helping members of every branch achieve their professional and personal educational objectives.
Another major source of funding are the online universities themselves. A number of online universities will reduce their tuition as much as 50% to active military, as well as offer discounts to their spouses. To find this out, it is a good idea to see if the school offers the appropriate educational program, then ask them about these tuition discounts. A large majority of the top schools do offer them.
Finally, there are private grants available to active soldiers. These military grants are usually dependent on what field the soldier intends to study in, his/her military background (combat duty, family background, previous educational experience) and/or plans when leaving the armed services (such as going into domestic civil service). The base financial officer is usually one’s best guide in finding these grants out.
Since the September 11 atrocities, American military families have struggled and sacrificed as fathers, sons, and brothers have served long deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the globe. Especially National Guardsmen and reservists called-up to active duty have served selflessly and with distinction.
Now, with hostilities in Iraq coming to a close, many veterans must begin considering what they will do when their enlistments expire and they are free to return to the workforce. With overall American unemployment at nearly 10% and young adult employment at nearly 18%, many soldiers wisely are choosing to re-enlist, collecting respectable bonuses for renewing their commitments.
For most, however, college represents an extremely attractive alternative to simply going back to work. Especially for soldiers with young and growing families, college study puts them on the path to successful professional careers. Moreover, eligible for extremely generous education benefits under the New GI Bill, veterans have the privilege of attending America’s most prestigious colleges and universities, pursuing degrees that will put them in the forefront of the twenty-first century workforce.
Honorably discharged veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since September 11, 2001, qualify for liberal tuition allowances and housing benefits-more than enough for them to attend their schools of choice. Payable to veterans enrolled at all American accredited American institutions of higher learning, benefits also include textbook stipends; and they provide support for at least 36 months in undergraduate, graduate, or professional certification programs. The support for technical and vocational training is new under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Just as importantly, many active duty personnel can begin using their educational benefits before they begin the transitions back to civilian life. Wherever they are stationed, soldiers, sailors, and Marines may begin their college programs online, and because most online courses last only five weeks, many can complete their degrees just in time for their discharge from the service. For others who consider re-enlisting, online degree programs give them opportunities for admission to Officers’ Candidate School, which requires possession of a Bachelor’s Degree.