FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – As the Army’s drawdown continues, promotion rates will likely remain unstable and separation boards and Qualitative Service Program Boards will continue for the near future. So, when competing for promotion, Soldiers of all ranks benefit from opportunities to distinguish themselves from their peers. The newly formed Army Press provides one of those opportunities.
One of the more exciting announcements in the military community this year was when the Secretary of the Army established The Army University. As with any new initiative the event was surrounded with questions. Answers are arriving rapidly about the varied purposes of the new Army organization as the fledgling outfit springs to life.
The U.S. Army is reorganizing its education enterprise into a university structure that will maximize educational opportunities for Soldiers by providing valid academic credit for the education and experience they receive while on active duty. This effort provides a cost savings to the Army in tuition assistance and unemployment expenses, and improves a Soldier’s ability to transition into quality employment opportunities after their service.
The Army University encompasses all U.S. Army Training and Command schools, provides the force with a single point of contact for all Army education matters and addresses the educational needs of the Army while providing individual Soldiers and civilians the opportunity to accomplish their own respective academic goals.
The purpose of Army University is to:
- — Provide professional degree and credentialing opportunities
- — Communicate the value the Army places on education
- — Gain national recognition as an accredited educational institution
- — Increase partnering with public and private universities
- — Identify talent and integrate best practices across the education system
Brig. Gen. John Kem, deputy commandant for U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Clowser, Army University, provide updates on Army University during the Association of the United States Army Symposium Oct. 13, 2015.