Education Support Center

Monday October 30, 2006

What is it? The Army National Guard (ARNG) Education Support Center (ESC), located at the Professional Education Center (PEC) in Arkansas, is the focal point for education benefits for ARNG Soldiers, their dependents, and civilian employees of the ARNG.

What has the Army done? The ARNG ESC provides GI Bill eligibility analysis, educational counseling, degree planning, and various other educational services to Soldiers located in all 50 States and 4 Territories, as a supplement to the State Education Offices. The ESC also counsels and assists Soldiers and civilian workers who visit PEC for conferences and resident classes. The ESC provides information about the Active Duty, Reserve, and Mobilization GI Bills, the ARNG GI Bill Kicker, and the Work Study program. The ESC provides guidance to Soldiers on various educational assistance programs including Federal and Active Army Tuition Assistance, state funded programs, Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships, and the Student Loan Repayment Program. The ESC provides or communicates about testing programs for college credit such as CLEP College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), college entrance such as Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), certification and licensing exams, as well as test preparation programs. They assist in administering the General Educational Development (GED) Plus test to new recruits. The ESC also disseminates information about and counseling for programs such as Troops to Teachers, Spouses to Teachers, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCGuard), eDISCOVER, Army e-Learning, ACE Army Registry Transcript System (AARTS), and Degree Planning.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? In addition to the services listed above, recent additions to benefits and services include:

- Soldiers who are eligible for the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill (regardless if their original 10-year delimiting period has expired or not) who are federally mobilized and serve 90 continuous days or more will have a new 10-year delimiting period established at the point of their latest discharge from active duty.

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For more information on this and other topics see** Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.**

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