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Army Preparatory School (APS)

What is it?
The APS is designed to help otherwise qualified applicants meet the educational requirements for enlisting in the Army.  Begun on August 4, 2008, the APS provides applicants with opportunity to earn their General Education Development (GED) diploma so they can enlist in the Army.

What has the Army done?
At Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the Army has turned two barracks into classrooms and a third into a testing building. The school can accommodate 60 new students per week with a total capacity of 240 attendees at any one time. The APS is four weeks long; however, the Soldier can take the GED test anytime during the four week period. The Soldiers attend classes throughout the training day in order to prepare themselves for the test. Pre-testing allows instructors to focus on the Soldier’s individual needs. After recruits complete the APS course and pass the GED exam, they are sent to Basic Combat Training (BCT). Those who do not are released from the Army. The program also introduces recruits to physical fitness, military discipline, and life skills. During its first year, the school is projected to graduate approximately 3,000 Soldiers.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
If the one-year pilot program results are favorable, the Army could expand the program at Fort Jackson or establish additional APS programs at other Army Training Centers.

Why is this important to the Army?
This program is a win, win proposition. The Army gets smart, motivated Soldiers who meet the educational standards and the individual earns their GED and has the opportunity to serve their Nation.

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