MCAS CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
The Marine Corps strives to promote educational success for Marines and their families by providing resources such as the Marine Deployed Education Programs, library programs, Military Academic Skills Program (MASP), military tuition assistance (TA), United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Marine Corps (SOCMAR).
Using these resources helped a 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine further his education and gain acceptance to Princeton University. Cpl. Tyler Eddy, a native to Danville, Indiana, and an airframes mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, completed several online courses during his enlistment, which led to his acceptance into Princeton University.
Eddy applied to several colleges including Harvard University, Yale University, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University. He also strove to make good grades at Palomar College in San Diego, gained almost 60 credits and was involved in multiple volunteer events.
“If you’re a good Marine and you start taking night classes, you are lining yourself up perfectly to get accepted into college,” said Eddy.
Marines should take advantage of every opportunity available to advance their education levels; this will help them in the future, whether they decide to stay in the Marine Corps or end their service, added Eddy.
“Education is highly valued in the Marine Corps because it gives you a set of skills that will help you succeed in life after and in the Marine Corps,” said Capt. Patrick Silberberg, a UH-1Y Huey pilot with HMLA-169.
According to Silberberg, Marine Corps doctrine encourages Marines to seek self-improvement whether it be physical fitness or furthering technical education. Eddy exemplifies what it means to seek opportunities for self-improvement.
In July 2017, Eddy is expected to complete his active-duty enlistment with the Marine Corps and move to Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, for the fall semester. Eddy plans to pursue a doctorate in physics.
“My dream is to get a job at either NASA or the [Space Exploration Technologies Corporation],” said Eddy. “Having prior experience working on aircraft will definitely help me build credibility.”
Both Eddy and Silberberg explained the benefit of pushing yourself to achieve a degree in a field you love, which leads to a prosperous career
“Colleges look at everything about you as a human being, so the Marine Corps will set you up with everything you require to succeed,” said Eddy. “If you do things the Marine Corps pushes you to do anyway, such as volunteering or broadening your leadership abilities, it can only drive you closer to success.”