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The Army University

Wednesday June 17, 2015

What it is?

The U.S. Army is reorganizing its education enterprise into a university structure that will maximize educational opportunities for Soldiers by providing valid academic credit for the education and experience they receive while on active duty. This effort provides a cost savings to the Army in tuition assistance and unemployment expenses, and improves a Soldier’s ability to transition into quality employment opportunities after their service.

The Army University encompasses all U.S. Army Training and Command schools, provides the force with a single point of contact for all Army education matters and addresses the educational needs of the Army while providing individual Soldiers and civilians the opportunity to accomplish their own respective academic goals.

The purpose of Army University is to:

  • – Provide professional degree and credentialing opportunities
  • – Communicate the value the Army places on education
  • – Gain national recognition as an accredited educational institution
  • – Increase partnering with public and private universities
  • – Identify talent and integrate best practices across the education system

What has the Army done?

The Army University will ensure all cohorts receive rigorous and relevant instruction, creating opportunities for students and faculty to participate in exchanges with civilian universities. Transitioning personnel will have the necessary tools to be successful in the work force, nesting with the Soldier for Life program.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army University is scheduled to roll out in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. This will include leader engagements with Congress and partner universities, announcements and ceremonies reaching initial operating capability by the first quarter of FY2016.

Over the next two years, the Army University will develop new processes to facilitate student and faculty collaboration and exchanges with civilian universities, establish universal transcripts, centralize and improve faculty development programs, and implement common core curriculum across the spectrum of Army education.

Why is this important to the Army?

As the Army transitions from more than a decade of continuous combat operations, education is the most reliable strategic investment the Army can make to address Army warfighting challenges. The Army University will produce Soldiers and Civilians that are capable of tackling the wide range of military operations required to win in a complex world. It will create opportunity for those who are transitioning into the civilian sector, making them Soldiers for Life.


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