Don’t forget, Student loan payments start back up this month! Don’t fall for the student loan forgiveness scams.
Welcome to the official Army National Guard Education Services page! We are the premier edu Below is a summary of ARNG Education Programs and Services.
ARNG Soldiers should contact their State Education Services Officer (ESO) to determine eligibility for the various benefits, entitlements, and programs.
𝗙𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 (𝗙𝗧𝗔):
• Available to currently serving ARNG Soldiers
• Money paid directly to the school through ArmyIgnitED
• Pays tuition costs up to $250 per semester hour, for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year
• Apply throu
gh ArmyIgnitED: www.armyignited.com
𝗚𝗜 𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝘀:
• Available to currently serving ARNG Soldiers, Veterans, and approved eligible dependents.
• Multiple programs available depending on your military service.
• Money paid directly to you or the college on a monthly basis to cover costs associated with going to school.
• GI Bill Kicker program may supplement your basic benefit GI Bill payments (if eligible)
• Go to www.va.gov and submit the Veterans Online Application
𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 (CA):
• CA will provide Soldiers up to $4,000 each year to pay for a credential.
• Soldiers may use both Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and Army Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined usage shall not exceed $4,000 per FY.
• CA can be used for any credential listed on Army COOL (https://www.cool.osd.mil/army/) and does not have to be related to the Soldier’s MOS.
• CA will pay expenses for classroom, hands-on, online/blended training and associated materials to include: manuals, study guides, textbooks, processing fees, test fees, related fees for continuing education requirements, and recertification of credentials.
𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗺𝗯𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺:
• Reimbursement for costs associated with earning a State or National licensure or certification
• Includes: Exam fee, registration fee, up to $500 for prep course or study material
• List of eligible National exams can be found at: https://www.cool.osd.mil/army/search/CredSearchAlpha.htm
• Contact your State Education Office for application instructions
• Defense Language testing including; DLPT
• College credit exams including CLEP and DSST
𝗔𝗿𝗺𝘆 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 (𝗔𝗣𝗧):
• Free testing opportunities offered at selected ARNG and Active Army testing locations.
• Army-specialized training, personnel placement, and language proficiency exams such as AFCT, SIFT, DLAB, DLPT, and OPI
𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗢𝗻-𝘁𝗵𝗲-𝗝𝗼𝗯 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝘀:
• Employer-sponsored Registered Apprenticeship (RA) and On-the-Job training programs provide a unique opportunity to earn full-time wages, collect GI Bill benefits, and attain a nationally recognized credential in over 1,100 officially recognized occupations.
• Key RA industries include: aerospace, biotechnology, construction, energy, geospatial, health care, information and communications technology, advanced manufacturing, and transportation and logistics.
• To identify RA training programs sponsored by nearly 16,000 employers nationwide, visit: http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/
• To identify RA training programs approved for the use of GI Bill benefits, visit: http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do
• To identify on-the-job training career opportunities, such as apprenticeships and trainee positions, visit: http://www.glassdoor.com/Job/job-training-finder/index.htm
Additional program information can be found on the DANTES website: http://www.dantes.doded.mil
For More Information:
Contact your State Education Office
Contact the Guard Support Center at:
Toll Free: (866) 628-5999, [email protected], nationalguard.com/education
Don’t forget, Student loan payments start back up this month! Don’t fall for the student loan forgiveness scams.
Are you using your GI Bill benefits? Here’s how you can easily verify your enrollment.
The FAFSA® Form for the school year 2024-2025 has a new launch date!
Apply in December 2023 with the new and improved application process.
For more information visit: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/december-fafsa
How much do you know about the MGIB-SR and the Kicker?
ATTENTION SOLDIERS: If Congress does not pass a Budget or Continuing Resolution before 1 October 2023, approved FY24 Tuition Assistance (TA) Requests may be cancelled. ACCESS will cancel TA Requests starting on 30 September 2023 at 2359 GMT (1959 EDT) for 1 October 2023 term start dates and will continue daily cancellations throughout the government shutdown. These daily cancellations will continue until either a Budget or a Continuing Resolution is approved by Congress and signed by the President. FY24 Credential Assistance (CA) Requests with start dates on or after 21 October 2023 will be cancelled daily if Congress does not pass a Budget or Continuing Resolution. Contact your State Education Office for more information. https://www.nationalguard.com/select-your-state
Did you know that dependents using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100% rate are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program? Transfer your Post-9/11 GI Bill today at: https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/
Need help preparing for your CLEP or DSST exam? Take a look at Modern States! Modern States offers free courses in Business Management, Math and Sciences, languages and more!
Did you know that you may be able to earn an additional $200 or $350 ‘Kicker’ in addition to your basic GI Bill® payment? To see if you qualify, contact your State education office.
𝗠𝗬𝗧𝗛: The Army has no online learning resources.
𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗧: All currently serving members of the Army, ARNG, USAR as well as Department of the Army civilians, are authorized to access over 5,000 courses from any location, 24/7 on Army e-Learning. Course areas include; Information Technology, Business Skills, Interpersonal Skills and many more. Enlisted Soldiers can also receive 1 promotion point for every 5 hours of training with Army e-learning.
PC: Brandon O'Connor
Fun fact, Tutor.com is no longer just for school and college related subjects, they now offer tutoring in job search support, study & life skills, and parent coaching!
Never stop learning with Class Central! Class Central offers free courses and some with FREE Certificates! CC offers courses in information security and computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, art and design, personal development, health, medicine, and so much more!
𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡: There isn’t an app I can use to help me with my studies.
𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭: Khan Academy offers FREE online interactive lessons, assessments, and videos in subjects from Pre-K math to college economics! They even offer courses on life skills; such as personal finance, college admissions, and career related lessons. It is also available as an interactive app for your phone if you don’t have access to a laptop or computer.
Happy 76th Birthday to the United States Air Force 🇺🇸✈️
Have you verified your enrollment this month? All GI Bill® users must verify their enrollment every month! If you miss two consecutive months, your payments will be on hold. If your payments have been placed on hold or your enrollment has changed go to: https://ask.va.gov/
In 2008 Congress passed the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This benefit offers veterans and service members who have served on specific federal or state active duty orders on or after September 11, 2001 an educational entitlement that can be transferred to dependents. Have you transferred your Post-9/11 GI Bill?
PC: SMSgt Adrian Cadiz
Today, we remember and honor the sacrifice of those who gave their all on 9/11. .
Fun fact! Tutor.com Online Tutoring for Military Families is FREE to service members AND their families! They have tutors from K-12 through college and even life skills!
Today is the last day to make FY23 TA Requests! Requests must be submitted and approved prior to 2000 hrs Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟳 𝗦𝗲𝗽 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯, for courses starting on or before 𝟯𝟬 𝗦𝗲𝗽 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯. Soldiers may continue to submit FY24 TA Requests, for courses stating on or after 𝟭 𝗢𝗰𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯.
IMPORTANT! All FY23 TA Requests must be submitted and approved prior to 2000 hrs Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Thursday, 7 Sep 2023, for courses starting on or before 30 Sep 2023. Soldiers may continue to submit FY24 TA Requests, for courses starting on or after 1 Oct 2023. As a reminder, TA Requests are subject to the availability of funds and must be submitted at least 7 days prior to the course start date and may be submitted up to 60 days in advance.
Happy Labor Day! Today we celebrate the hard-working people who have helped build our Country! We hope you have a safe and relaxing day!
Our monthly marketing theme for September is Online Tools while you’re in school. Be on the lookout for posts about Army e-Learning, Khan Academy, Federal Academic Alliance, MWR Library, EBSCO, Coursera, MOOC, Modern States and more! Go to www.nationalguard.com/education and click on the support programs tab for more information.
Did you know that Officers and Warrant Officers no longer incur a service obligation for using Credentialing Assistance? Be advised, this only applies to CA requests completed on or after 13 October 2021, any CA request that was completed before 13 October 2021 will still have the service obligation tied to that request.
What is OASC? The Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) is a free online program that provides training in math, English, vocabulary, and writing to help Soldiers prepare for the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) and other academic endeavors. And now you can even accomplish your learning on the go with the OASC app!
Myth: I only have one shot at taking the AFCT.
Fact: There is no limit on how many times a Soldier can retake the AFCT but you must wait six months between tests or request an exception to policy (ETP).
Need support as you work on your resume? Join the USO on August 31st as we join forces with Target to make sure your resume is top-notch! Register here: https://brnw.ch/21wBXSo
Interested in learning a foreign language? The Joint Language University (JLU) is an online resource that helps you learn a foreign language either on your own, at your own pace, or led by an instructor. This is great preparation for the Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPT)! https://jlu.mygovlearn.com/
PC: Staff Sgt. Richard Wooten
Have you transferred your Post-9/11 GI Bill? If so, do you know your military service obligation end date (OED)? If you voluntarily separate from the ARNG prior to completing your 4-year obligation, your TEB will be terminated and any funds paid to your dependents will be recouped by the VA! Contact your state ESO to verify your OED and ensure you complete your required service obligation.
PC: Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur
𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵: I can get the Foreign Language Proficiency Pay Bonus (FLPB) for any language.
𝗙𝗮𝗰𝘁: The FLPB is only available for languages that are on the Army Strategic Language List (ASLL). For more information go to: https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/Foreign%20Language%20Proficiency%20Bonus
PC: Patrick Bray
Happy National Aviation Day! Are you interested in a career in Aviation? The Army National Guard has numerous positions in aviation to include aircraft mechanics, pilots, and more. To start, you will need to take the Selection Instrument Flight Training (SIFT) test. Aviation Programs use the SIFT test as a primary selection tool. Contact your State Education Office for more information.
No matter what your goals may be, never give up! If your goal is to earn a college degree or certification, the Army National Guard’s voluntary education program can help you get started! To learn about the numerous programs and services available go to: https://www.nationalguard.com/education
Thinking about taking the Selection Instrument Flight Training (SIFT)? Take a look at this site that includes free practice tests and a study guide; https://militaryflighttests.com/
PC: Maj. Travis Mueller
Did you know you can earn your private pilot’s license using the Credentialing Assistance Program and use your GI Bill® for flight training? Contact your state ESO for more information at: https://www.nationalguard.com/select-your-state
𝗠𝗬𝗧𝗛: I can take the Selection Instrument Flight Training (SIFT) test as many times as I need in order to pass.
𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗧: You can only take the SIFT test two times in a lifetime and you have to wait 180 days before you can request a retest.
PC: Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur
𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗬𝟮𝟯 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁 (𝗖𝗔𝗥)for courses starting on or before 30 Sep. Soldiers may begin submitting FY24 CARs on Wednesday, 6 Sep 2023 for courses or exams starting on or after Friday, 20 Oct 2023. As always, CARs must be submitted in AIED at least 45 days prior to the start of the course or exam and requests are subject to the availability of funds.
Looking to increase your GT score for OCS/WOCS or an MOS reclass? You’ll need to take the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT), but before you do that, be sure to brush up on your math and English skills by taking a Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) Course! BSEP is a 1-2 week course that helps Soldiers improve their basic math and English skills in preparation for college, college entrance exams, and the AFCT. BSEP is offered at most Active Army bases, the ARNG Professional Education Center in Little Rock, AR and some ARNG States. To learn more, contact your State Education Office.
Join us today for our monthly lunch and learn via MS TEAMS! Today’s topic is Army Personnel Testing! Come learn about the exams you can take to enhance your military career!
When: 1200 EST
IMPORTANT CA/FTA UPDATES! The last day to submit an FY23 Credentialing Assistance Request (CAR) for courses starting on or before 30 Sep is Friday, 11 Aug 2023. Soldiers may begin submitting FY24 CARs on Wednesday, 6 Sep 2023 for courses or exams starting on or after Friday, 20 Oct 2023. As always, CARs must be submitted in AIED at least 45 days prior to the start of the course or exam and requests are subject to the availability of funds.
All FY23 TA Requests must be submitted and approved prior to 2000 hrs Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Thursday, 7 Sep 2023. This is for courses starting on or before 30 Sep 2023. Soldiers may continue to submit FY24 TA Requests. This is for courses stating on or after 1 Oct 2023. As a reminder, TA Requests are subject to the availability of funds and must be submitted at least 7 days prior to the course start date and may be submitted up to 60 days in advance.
𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡: Once I take the ASVAB I can’t raise my GT Score
𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭: You can’t retake the ASVAB but you can increase your GT score by taking the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT). Contact your state ESO to schedule a test.
On August 7, 1782, George Washington awarded the nation’s first military service award. Today we remember and honor the brave men and women who were wounded or lost their life serving our country.
PC: Sgt. Michael Wilson
Happy Birthday to the U.S Coast Guard!
PC:Lt.Cmdr. Katherine Blue
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