The Marine Corps is offering staff NCOs an opportunity to obtain their bachelor’s degrees through the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Degree Completion Program. The program allows them to be full-time students for up to 18 months while receiving their regular pay and allowances. According to Marine Corps Order 1560.21D, applicants must be active duty Marines, have an associate degree or 60 semester hours, and must be staff sergeant through master sergeant with the potential and motivation to become sergeant major or master gunnery sergeant. Gunnery Sgt. Charles D. Ellard, a successful graduate and now the education services officer for MCAS Beaufort and Parris Island, said “Plan financially because while you get full pay and allowances, you cannot use tuition assistance to pay for the schooling.” See Marine Corps Order 1560.21D, or visit your career planner, lifelong learning center or the education office.