Military Resource Center

Sonoran Desert Institute

We hold our nation's service men and women in highest regard. It is because of your sacrifice and dedication that we are free to educate our students, and we do not take that freedom for granted.

You’ve Served Us. Now Let Us Serve You.

SDI holds our nation’s service men and women in highest regard. It is because of your sacrifice and dedication that we are free to educate our students, and we do not take that freedom for granted. Now it’s our turn to serve. Not only do we strive to offer all of our students the best in distance learning, we work hard to make sure the SDI enrollment process is simple, even when a student is navigating the sometimes complicated process of applying for military benefits. We’re here to help.

As a military-friendly school, we participate in a number of active duty and veterans’ assistance programs. Our VA Certifying Official works directly with representatives from the VA to ensure that SDI is compliant with all military requirements, and we are well-versed in the application processes for most military benefit programs. Not sure where to start, but want to use your GI Bill, Tuition Assistance or another programs to pay for school? Take a look below for an overview of your application process, and if you have any questions at all, let us know…we look forward to helping you enroll and are happy to be able to serve those who so selflessly serve (or served) our country!

Why Is SDI Right For Military Personnel?

There are many reasons why SDI has such a high military student population. First, we offer coursework in a variety of firearms topics that military service men and women tend to find interesting. Our military students transition easily from their active duty responsibilities to their school responsibilities, and our veterans are, well, veterans when it comes to the experience they have with some of the topics we cover in our firearms courses. That's why our online gunsmithing school is one of the most popular in the nation.

Another reason military students choose SDI is because we offer flexible scheduling, which is a necessity for our service personnel who are deployed, working full-time, or who may be sent on training at a moment’s notice. We understand the schedules of both our active duty and veteran students, and we have created an online learning modality that fits in, no matter what.

Beyond that, as mentioned above, our military students can use the benefits they so rightfully earned towards training for a career in a field they love. We make it simple to apply, and can walk our students through every step of their benefits application process. We’re attentive and reachable, and we work hard to make sure that process is as quick and painless as possible. And graduating with no student debt is something to get excited about!

In all, SDI loves our military students, and our military students love SDI. Let’s work together to get your enrollment process started, so that you can start doing something you love right now.

Active Duty

No matter your branch, we’re here to help. Check out our Active Duty page and you can submit your application to begin your education at SDI. We’d love to help make your enrollment process as easy as possible!

Veteran

Military and previous military students make up the majority of our student body at SDI, and we’re proud of that. After all, individuals with military experience make for exemplary students! You can start your application process right now!

Helpful Links

Military and previous military students make up the majority of our student body at SDI, and we’re proud of that. After all, individuals with military experience make for exemplary students! You can start your application process right now!

MyCAA

Gunsmithing Careers for Military Spouses. If you are the spouse of an active-duty military member in pay grades E-1-E-5, W1-W2 and O1-O2, the Defense Department may give you up to $4,000 over two years to help pay for your gunsmith training. Get started right now and check out our MyCAA opportunities.

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