Army Reserve: Voluntary Education Services
What is it? Army Reserve Voluntary Education Services is a Department of Defense program for which the Army Reserve Command serves as the Executive Agent. The program is executed through commanders for Regional Readiness Commands worldwide. The basic tenet of Voluntary Education Services is to provide lifelong learning opportunities for Selected Reserve Soldiers that enhance their personal and professional development. Voluntary Education Services enhances recruitment, retention, and readiness of the Army Reserve.
What has the Army Reserve done? The Army Reserve Voluntary Education Services program has provided an array of education opportunities and support since its inception. These programs and support include:
- Tuition Assistance ($250 per semester hour - $4,500 annual cap)
- Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 for OIF/OEF veterans)
- Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Testing Program (CLEP and DSST)
- Student Guide to Success
- Credit for Military Experience
- Certification and Licensure
- Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)
- Troops to Teachers Program
- Spouse to Teachers Program
What efforts does the Army Reserve plan to continue in the future? The Army Reserve Voluntary Education Services was identified by the Chief, Army Reserve, as a Soldier priority for FY06. The Army Reserve is poised to streamline and enhance the Army Reserve Tuition Assistance program to ensure all eligible Soldiers are able to receive financial assistance. Army Reserve Education Services Specialists will continue to provide Soldiers with guidance and assistance in planning their education to enhance their military careers and make them more competitive in the civilian job market. In addition, the Army Reserve Voluntary Education Services will continue to partner with DANTES to provide professional certification and licensure examinations to Soldiers, spouses and Civilians.
Why is this important to the Army Reserve? Many Soldiers enlist in the Army for educational benefits. This is a win-win situation for the Soldier and the Army. Education is one of the most important elements in developing a Soldier to reach his or her potential. The Army Reserve understands that an educated Soldier is better equipped to handle the tactical and technical challenges facing our Army today and, therefore, views education as one of the best enhancements possible in developing an Army of capable and determined warriors to defend our Nation.