OPTION ONE: Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university with a C average or higher.
OPTION TWO: Honorably discharged AND been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals by the United States Armed Forces.
OPTION THREE: An active member of the Illinois National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces AND been awarded at least one of the qualifying medals as a result of honorable service during deployment on active duty.
OPTION FOUR: Honorably discharged AND served in a combat mission by proof of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay during deployment on active duty.
OPTION FIVE: Have at least 3 years of full active and continuous military duty and received an honorable discharge.
PLEASE NOTE: Official, sealed transcripts and/or military DD-214 will be required as proof.