Thursday September 18, 2008
What is it?
The ARNG General Educational Development (GED) Plus program was implemented in January 2006. The program has a school located at The National Guard Professional Education Center (PEC), on Camp Robinson, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Students experience both a military basic training and a structured academic environment. To attend, the student must complete ninth grade and be withdrawn from high school for at least six months. Applicants must be 18 years of age or be otherwise ineligible to return to their local high school. In addition, the student must be fully qualified for enlistment and achieve a minimum AFQT score of 31 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
What are the accomplishments?
The number of students tested increased from 709 in FY06 to 1942 for FY07 and 2030 students as of Aug. 20, 2008. In FY07 1422 students passed for a 73 percent success rate. In FY08, GED Plus opened an instructional lab. As of Aug. 20, 2008, 2030 students tested and passed out of 2137 students, resulting in a success rate of 95 percent. The success-rate increase from 73 percent in FY07 to 95 percent in FY08 was due in part to implementing the instructional lab and modifying instructional techniques.
What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008 on an $18.4 million GED Plus training complex to be located at PEC. This facility will allow the program an annual throughput of approximately 7,500 students.
The GED Plus program will complete the IET Soldier training path by directly shipping the students to basic training once they successfully pass the GED test.
The program will also collect and analyze data to determine the success rate of GED Plus students completing their Military Occupational Skill Qualification (MOSQ).
Why is this important to the Army National Guard?
According to the 2007 GED Testing Program Statistical Report, 1.23 million students fail to graduate from high school each year and approximately 39 million adults in the United States (18 percent of the U.S. population) have not earned a high school diploma. This program has the potential to produce thousands of new Army National Guard recruits that would have previously been ineligible to enlist in the Army National Guard.
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