Joint Service Transcript (JST)
To order your Joint Service Transcript (JST), click here. The JST is a computerized transcript system that produces official transcripts for eligible servicemembers upon request by combining military education and job experience with descriptions and college credit recommendations developed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Servicemembers are eligible to automatically earn transferrable credit for the following training modules:
- Basic Combat Training = MSL 2290 ROTC Leadership Training (6 credits)
- Master Fitness Trainer = PE 4427 Personal Trainer Certification (3 credits)
Other training modules may be evaluated for college bearing credit using ISU's PLA policy below. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.
Credit for Military Service and Joint Service Transcript (JST)
The application for admission to Idaho State University states that transcripts and training from all previous institutions must be reported as part of the admission process. Examples of military training institutions that fall under this requirement may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- The United States Military Academy (USMA)
- The United States Naval Academy (USNA)
- The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA)
- The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)
- The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)
- The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
Students who have earned Military Service credit through a regionally accredited Military school such as those listed above must provide ISU with an official transcript from that institution during the admission process.
The Joint Service Transcript (JST) is the official method of reporting all other military training, and falls under the same requirements listed above. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs requires all prior coursework or training be evaluated for students utilizing any chapter of education benefits under the G.I.Bill®, including training recorded on the JST. Students who received military training , recorded on their Joint Service Transcript (JST) , must provide ISU with an official JST during the application process. Students may ask to have these training modules assessed and evaluated for college bearing credit using ISU's PLA policy.
Prior Learning Assessment by Portfolio (PLA)
PLA is an avenue by which a student may be awarded undergraduate credit for work, volunteer, or lived experiences outside of the university curriculum. The program assists in the process for requesting academic credit through the portfolio method. In a portfolio, a student thoroughly describes and documents knowledge gained experientially and also demonstrates how knowledge gained outside the classroom is related to college-level learning.
The purpose of using the PLA process is to ensure veteran students can earn credit from their JST that will be the most degree applicable and major-specific to their program.
If a student wishes to initiate the PLA process:
- Formally declare a major
- Contact your academic advisor who will work with your college's PLA Coordinator
***Please be aware that once these credits are added to your record they become part of your academic history and cannot be removed or the module(s) reused for another course evaluation.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government VA web site