Attend An Online Military School For An Intelligence Education

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) administered a survey in 2011 to college students that inquired about their employment aspirations. The survey assessed a broad range of thoughts and expectations about their future career, such as anticipated salary and hoped-for opportunities for personal growth. The Partnership for Public Service (2012) examined the NACE survey and distilled a number of implications for government public service.

The NACE study included 35,401 students from 599 colleges and universities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As such, the survey could be presumed to be very representative of the student body in the United States. It can be further stated that the survey sampled the cohort of professionals who will be employable within a few years. Thus, the survey can be used as a means of projecting where the higher educated will be employed.

The data from the survey suggested that most of the college and university students do not wish to seek government employment. Indeed, only 6% of those surveyed indicated that they wished to work in local, state, or federal agencies. Only 2.3% of that sample indicated that they wished to work on the federal level. This apparently low number of aspiring government employees has been trending downward for the past two years. Of noteworthy mention is the fact that the military was not considered in the general government heading. Thus, these data do not directly reflect that of the military.

It can be presumed, however, that the survey included non-military security jobs. That is, the survey may reflect the intentions of future graduates to go into intelligence, protection, or security (Strategic Security) work with the government. Since there are a low number of graduates who wish to go into all of government employment, it can be assumed that a fraction of that number wishes to go into the strategic security domain.

Interestingly, the low number of college graduates going into government work has not translated into easier acquisition of a government job. The Partnership for Public Service (2012) reported that of the students who elected to go into government work, those students started their job search earlier than the other college graduates but still did not have a job "in hand" anytime sooner than the students who went into other work domains.

So what does all of this mean? What can be taken away from the survey results is that there will be a large number of government job opportunities; though those job opportunities will not be any easier to secure. This can be taken to mean that there is ample opportunity for careers in the strategic security domain for those with the right credentials.

The right credential can vary depending upon the field the student wishes to seek. If the student wishes to enter an intelligence field it is safe to assume that an intelligence education, or, preferably, attending an intelligence school, would be sufficient credentials. If a student did not attend an intelligence school or attain an intelligence education, he or she would likely receive good preparation from an online military school. Education from an online military school is often comparable to an intelligence education that is attained at an intelligence school. Thus, an education from an online military school or related institution can offer the rights credentials to enter into government service.

Dan Sommer works for Henley-Putnam University, a leading educational institution in the field of Strategic Security. For more info on Henley-Putnam University, online military school, intelligence education, call 888-852-8746 or visit us online at

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