I hope you’re enjoying your holiday as you spend time with family and friends this season.
As the New Year approaches, many will set out to accomplish new personal and professional goals. For Soldiers who have educational goals planned for 2016, I would like to share some of the ways the Army is working to help you reach those goals.
How many of you want to obtain a degree while you are serving?
Do you remember when I talked to you about the emphasis we are placing on education and training in a previous blog? Well, the Army is serious and working diligently to provide an easier way for you to get a degree while serving your nation.
There are actually programs designed through partnerships between the Army and colleges and universities where you can receive college credit for your existing civilian education and military experience. These partnerships have resulted in what we call the College of the American Soldier, or CAS.
With the establishment of Army University, there is tremendous opportunity for the College of American Soldier to expand significantly.
CAS can help you can get college credit for Noncommissioned Officer Education System, or NCOES, and functional courses taken throughout your career. We have programs that can help you maximize college credits for completing military schools, while minimizing academic residency requirements at a given college.
Here are three CAS programs I want to highlight for you:
The Enlisted Education Program provides an opportunity for entry-level Soldiers to obtain an associate’s degree during their first term of enlistment. This program is designed to use the recommended credit for Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training or One Station Unit Training, Structured Self Development and the Warrior Leader Course toward your degree.
The Career NCO Degrees Program maximizes college credit for military training and education, transfers credit between colleges and minimizes academic residency requirements to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
The Advanced Degree Program provides candidates and graduates of the Sergeants Major Course an opportunity to obtain a master’s degree during their tenure at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
You have a bright future ahead of you in the Army, and we want you to be successful professionally and personally so take advantage of the programs that are in place to help you achieve your educational goals.
What do you think about these opportunities to further your education? I am interested to know how you plan to use these programs.
Here’s to a great 2016!
Victory Starts Here!
– CSM D