I'm sure this has been thrown out there many times, but in the last year I have been stalking these forums, I have yet to see it. As most know, To be an officer one of the main requirements is having a college degree. This is extremely time consuming and expensive for the majority of people, whether you're in the military or not. However, you can test out of certain classes by examination. Meaning you go to a testing center, take an equivalent of a "final examination," and if you pass, you can get college credit for it. Two types of these exams are called: CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST (Dantes). My understanding is that the military will pay for your examination fees for these two tests on your first try in a given subject (you can take calculus, psychology, sociology, etc. for free once each, but if you fail and wish to retake the exam, it's on your own dime). There are dozens of these exams available and utilizing them could vastly increase the speed at which one could earn a degree and become an officer. An excellent resource in my opinion is degreeforum.net It is a large community of military/civilian who are extremely helpful and willing to share information on obtaining or furthering education. I'm sure the majority already have a grasp on this topic, but if one person who reads this is impacted beneficially, then it was worth it.