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College of the American Soldier

What is it?
An enduring training and education partnership between the Army and participating colleges and universities focuses on expanding existing Civilian education support for our Soldiers and leaders. This partnership will provide an optimum balance of training and education that accelerates Soldier and leader development and motivates Soldiers to stay in the service while preparing for the future.

What has the Army done?
On Nov. 14, 2007, the Commanding General of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) hosted a kick-off meeting with representatives from ten universities/colleges and representatives from the Service members Opportunity Colleges. This meeting established the foundations for the continuing growth of the training and education partnership.

Effective Nov. 1, 2007, the Army implemented a degree program for career non-commissioned officers (NCOs). Available to all NCOs at any point in their career, it awards maximum credit for Army leadership schools based on completion of the Non-Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) up to the Sergeant Major Course (SMC). This program provides:

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to expand existing Civilian higher education degree choices to provide career NCOs with broad degree options that are not tied to enrollment in an MOS degree and that:

Why is this important to the Army?
This program facilitates the ease with which Soldiers can complete college degrees, which, in turn, has multiple benefits for the Army. Encouraging the pursuit of higher education not only contributes to the development of adaptive and innovative Soldiers and leaders, but also provides a recruitment and retention incentive. Tying military training and education with specific degree requirements allows a Soldier to quickly see what military development courses will transfer as equivalent college credit at any point in his or her career from basic training through the SMC. This streamlines degree completion by listing precisely what the college will grant for each credit source and clarifies the other guaranteed ways to meet degree requirements. The end state of the College of the American Soldier will clearly show the Soldier a specific roadmap to a college degree.