The Army Continuing Education System (ACES)

Monday December 12, 2005

An educated Soldier is the best asset the Army can have and the Army continues to improve its education system to meet the requirements of the future.

The Army Continuing Education System (ACES) is updating and automating to provide virtual access to its programs and services for Soldiers anytime, anywhere. The automated tuition assistance (TA) process is the first step toward this goal. Its release is being expedited to compensate for manpower cuts at installation education centers worldwide as well as to meet the president's e-Gov mandate and the Army's military initiatives to implement electronic invoicing.

- This two-phase project began October 1, 2005, with the implementation of a centralized invoice process providing a more streamlined method for academic institutions receiving invoice payments.

- The second phase, scheduled to begin April 1, 2006, will allow Soldiers to request TA and enroll in courses online. This will assist in expediting the enrollment process and minimize wait times at Army Education Centers. Soldiers will request TA online through the ACES portal called GoArmyEd.

The GoArmyEd portal will provide one location for academic institutions to process credit-bearing enrollments, submit Soldier grades, verify and prepare invoices for payment, and access centralized support for troubleshooting and information about Army TA processes and policies.

Academic institutions should contact Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) for more information about these changes. For general information about the automated TA process, visit www.eArmyU.com .

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Of course, while the forms of war may vary, there are certain constants... Soldiers have been and will remain the centerpiece of America's Army. The Soldiers who are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan reflect the very best of what America has to offer. They are motivated by an unwavering belief that they are serving for what is good, right and just, and that they will be victorious.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army

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