March 2 Success
What is it?
The March 2 Success program is an Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA-M&RA) funded initiative. It is a highly interactive program designed to provide high school and college students easy access to on-line test preparation training. March 2 Success allows young men and women to participate through this web based program to assist them with improving their performance on tests of math, science, and English, ACT and SAT preparation, state standardized tests, and overall test-taking skills. Diagnostic tests help students identify their strengths and weaknesses. Each lesson also includes on-line drills that reinforce the lesson’s material.
Other on-line test preparation courses have been available to high school students for some time, but this is the first time a program of this caliber has been offered free of charge. There is absolutely no obligation. If a student chooses to be contacted by a recruiter, he or she can indicate this during the online course registration. By developing and offering this program the Army is extending its commitment to success for young adults still in school by becoming partners in education.
What has the Army done?
The concept for March 2 Success initiated in 2000-2001, with the web based March 2 Success being piloted with the New York City Recruiting Battalion in school year 2002-2003. During the 2003-04 school year the CG directed that March 2 Success be expanded and marketed in the states of California, Illinois, Florida, New York, and Texas, which has since been expanded nationwide. The March 2 Success program has been well received by educators, parents, recruiters, applicants and community based organizations.
ASA-MRA uses the commercial team of; Sygnetics for the human resources, Innovative Managements Concepts provides technical support, Educational Options, Inc. provides the course curriculum. This team has been under contract since late July of 2005. Peterson’s has recently joined (Aug 07) this team to provide ACT / SAT test preparation curriculum support. Initial contractor from 2000-2005 was the Princeton Review and Resource Consultants, Inc.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Department of Defense approved the course content. The course neither teaches nor compromises the ASVAB. Recruiting personnel can refer individuals to this program / web site without compromising Department of Army or US Army Recruiting Command regulations.
The web site has information sections for students, parents, educators and recruiters. Students who choose to receive further information about the Army during the registration process, have their contact information sent to the Lead Refinement Center for processing. The site also contains a link to www.goarmy.com.
Why is this important to the Army?
In April 2007, a High School Preparation course was added to the site, this section provides assistance to individuals seeking improvement in study skills, math, science, and language arts. These specific components will help individuals whom seek assistance / improvement on the ASVAB.
New curriculum additions in FY08 include:
“ZeroHour Threat”, which is a game designed to raise SAT and ACT scores while having fun playing a state-of-the-art video game. Zero Hour Threat, is an interactive action game designed to increase standardized test scores, as well as enhance general mathematics and vocabulary skills. With each correct answer, students move one step closer to decoding a virus that international criminals have set in place to infect the United States’ banking systems.
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To review or access the Army’s March 2 Success program, go to www.march2success.com.