Student Agreements should be issued to active-duty Service members (not veterans.) National Guard members and Reserve components called to active-duty should also be issued Student Agreements by home colleges. The Student Agreement provides the military student with: • a clearly defined degree plan in a standard format; • an official evaluation of all previously completed credit applicable to the degree, including transfer credit from other colleges and universities, non- traditional forms of credit from military training courses, military occupational experience, and nationally recognized testing programs; • protection against changing college degree requirements or policies while the Student Agreement is in effect; and • identification of guaranteed-transfer credit for specific courses from Degree Network System member institutions with assigned SOC DNS Course Category Codes for these courses. SOC reports data from the Student Agreements member institutions prepare for eligible students. The types of data reported include: • the amount and type of applicable credit for military and non-traditional credit awarded by member institutions, including military training, military occupational experience, and nationally recognized testing programs; • the number of Service members receiving Student Agreements and their participation by academic areas; and • the distribution of participating Service members by branch of service, pay grade, and military installation. This data serves many purposes, including demonstrating the viability of SOC DNS member institutions and their support of Service members, and the cost-savings achieved by the documented award of non-traditional college credit.