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ARNG Patriot Academy

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"As men and women of the United States Army, you are part of the greatest military force the world has ever known. Excellence is your standard. As we honor your service, we also recognize the devotion of your loved ones who support and pray for you as you are deployed across the globe.

This exceptional spirit of sacrifice is the mark of the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families, and your selflessness is the reason we enjoy the freedoms we have today. You have provided the opportunity for all Americans to live in peace and prosperity, and your dedication to our country is acknowledged and appreciated by all."

- President Barack Obama's message on 234th Army birthday

View the complete presidential proclamation



Senior Leader Army Birthday Messages (Audio):

Secretary of the Army

Seargant Major of the Army

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"This is not just a celebration. It's also recognition of the Soldiers who have served our nation for 234 years. It's not about any one individual, it's about the product we give to our country ... and it's about our service. It definitely is a privilege and a responsibility."

- Sgt. Maj. Roger Blackwood, 1st Armored Division's senior noncommissioned officer

Celebrating the Army's 234th birthday at Wiesbaden

CALENDAR

June 2009:

- National Safety Month

June 13: 90th Anniversary Transcontinental Motor Convoy

June 14: 234th U.S. Army Birthday

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

ARNG Patriot Academy

What is it?

The Patriot Academy is a new Army National Guard (ARNG) program launched on June 1, 2009 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), a full-immersion 180-acre contemporary urban training center. The Patriot Academy program has Soldiers complete Basic Combat Training (BCT) and then perform Title 10 Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS) while completing high school equivalency training, additional military training, and life skills training.

What has the ARNG done?

The ARNG has set up a Phase I with 60 Soldiers, a Phase II with 250 Soldiers, and a Phase III with 500 Soldiers. The basic concept for this program came from research that indicated 500,000 students dropped out of high school in 2006. These former students joined a group of over 3 million American youth between the ages of 16 and 24 without a high school diploma.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?

As the ARNG progresses through the program to Phase III, the ARNG hopes to graduate 500 Soldiers annually. Further expansion at MUTC or other locations is possible for the future. The price the program pays for investing in the future is better than absorbing the opportunity cost of ignoring a plentiful resource.

Why is this important to the Army National Guard?

Research shows that the lifetime cost of dropping out of high school is approximately $260,000. A study in Illinois and Ohio indicated that the potential cost to a state government for a dropout is over $200,000. Extending this loss out, a Texas study indicated that a one year group of dropouts will cost the state about $19 billion over 50 years. A similar study in California estimated the lifetime loss of one year of dropouts will cost the state over $46 billion. From another sad angle, an Indiana article noted that about half of the adults on welfare lack a high school diploma and about three out of four unemployed adults have literacy problems. The high school diploma is also an indicator of success in the military -more valuable than the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Focusing on potential loss, however, is not the bottom line. Tapping this 3-million strong pool of talent with a program that promises an education and a jumpstart on a career is a powerful formula.

Resources:

Army National Guard

The National Guard

Related article: First student arrives for first Patriot Academy class

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