• Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

    What is the compact?

    The Compact deals with the challenges of military children and their frequent relocations. It allows for uniform treatment as military children transfer between school districts in member states. Note: The Compact only applies to public schools.


    Through the Interstate Compact, MIC3 addresses key educational transition issues encountered by children of military families.

    Students Covered

    Children of the following:

    • Active duty members of the uniformed services, including members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders (Title 10)
    • Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year
    • Members who die on active duty, for a period of one year after death
    • Uniformed members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and United States Public Health Services (USPHS)

    Students Not Covered

    Children of the following:

    • Inactive members of the National Guard and Reserves (Not Title 10)
    • Members now retired not covered above
    • Veterans not covered above
    • Other Department of Defense personnel, federal agency civilians and contract employees not defined as active duty
    • Members other than the uniformed personnel of NOAA and USPHS

    Some of the Issues Covered


    • Educational records
    • Immunizations
    • Kindergarten and 1st Grade entrance age

    Placement and Attendance

    • Course and educational program placement
    • Special Education services
    • Placement flexibility
    • Absence related to deployment activities


    • Waiving courses required for graduation if similar course work has been completed.
    • Flexibility in accepting state exit or end-of-course exams, national achievement tests, or alternative testing in lieu of testing requirements for graduation in the receiving state.
    • Allowing a student to receive a diploma from the sending school instead of the receiving school.

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