Army National Guard Education Support Center
What is it?
The Army National Guard (ARNG) Education Support Center (ESC), located at the Professional Education Center (PEC) in Arkansas, is the focal point for educational benefits for ARNG Soldiers, their dependents, and civilian employees of the ARNG. Among the many and varied basic services provided by the ESC are the following:
- GI Bill eligibility analysis, educational counseling, degree planning, and various other educational services for Soldiers and the education offices in all 50 states and the four U.S. territories.
- Counseling and assistance to countless Soldiers and Civilian workers who visit the Professional Education Center for conferences and resident classes.
- Information about the Active Duty, Reserve, and Mobilization GI Bills, the ARNG GI Bill Kicker, and the Work Study Program.
- Guidance to Soldiers on various educational assistance programs, including federal and active component tuition assistance, state-funded programs, ROTC scholarships, and the Student Loan Repayment Program.
- Information about testing programs for college credit such as the College Level Examination Program; college admissions exams such as the Scholastic Assessment Test, Graduate Record Exam, and Graduate Management Admission Test; certification and licensing exams; as well as test preparation programs.
- Assistance in administering General Equivalency Diploma Plus testing to new recruits.
- Dissemination of information about, and counseling on, programs such as Troops to Teachers, Spouses to Teachers, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, eDISCOVER, Army e-Learning, and the Army Corps of Engineers Army Registry Transcript System.
- Identification of, contact with, and tracking of junior officers without degrees, helping them along the path to degree completion, and thereby increasing their retention rate in the ARNG.
What has the Army done?
Recent additions to ARNG educational benefits and services offered by the ESC include:
- A new 10-year delimiting period established at the point of their latest discharge from active duty for Soldiers who are federally mobilized and serve 90 continuous days or more and who are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty (regardless of whether their original 10-year delimiting period has expired).
- A Virtual Armory Website that Soldiers can use to complete Federal Tuition Assistance forms, request information, apply for degree-planning services, and use eDISCOVER services.
- Free Internet access through Army e-Learning to over 1,500 information technology, business skills, and interpersonal skills courses.
Why is this important to the Army?
The ESC ensures that education benefits are used efficiently and effectively. Many Soldiers join the military to advance their educational and career opportunities. Communicating these benefits increases the likelihood that they will be known and used by those who have earned the rights to the programs.