Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees.  SOC functions in cooperation with the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. Additional SOC information can be found at the SOC website

Degree Network System (DNS)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide is a core member of the SOC Degree Network System-4 for bachelor’s degrees.  The SOC Degree Network System consists of institutions selected by the Military Services to deliver specific bachelor’s degree programs to service members and their families.

As a member of the DNS, we have agreed to adhere to academic policies intended to support military students in their academic endeavors toward degree completion. 

 Additional DNS information can be found at the SOC website.

Residency Requirement For SOC Students

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide limits academic residency to no more than 25 percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active-duty service members (no more than 30 percent for completely online delivery). Per state regulations, for undergrad degree completion, all Virginia Campus students are required to complete a minimum of 30% coursework at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in order to achieve residency.

Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members, Reservists or National Guardsmen on active-duty are enrolled.