Traditionally, distance learning has served as an invaluable alternative to Service personnel who are subject to the turbulence of Service life. Your motivation must be strong if you choose this method of study, because you will not normally benefit from interaction with other students and your contact with tutors can be limited. The method also suits certain types of learning much more than others. For example, if you need to improve your written communication skills, a well designed distance learning package is an effective way of achieving this.
CD ROMs and the Internet, have vastly improved the scope of distance learning. The Internet serves as a means of delivering high quality learning materials. It also acts as an information service for research purposes and allows the student to communicate with 'classmates' and tutors. Even if you are not normally enticed by computers, in future they may be a means to providing continuity when you are away from your permanent location for short periods of time. Furthermore, video conferencing and the use of web-cams have become more commonplace as a means of allowing simultaneous communication between the members of a tutorial group.
If you decide that distance learning suits your studying needs, many providers offer discounted distance learning course to Service personnel. Stn Learning Centre staff hold information regarding some of these providers. Many distance learning course are eligible for support under the ELC and SLC schemes; however, be sure to check with your learning centre staff before starting any distance learning course or paying any money to a provider.