Soldiers matriculate at newly-opened ‘ArmyU’

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Timothy Hill (left), command and controls system technician, HHC, 25th CAB, and Capt. Brandon Murphy (right), automations officer, HHC, 25th CAB, pose for a photo with Col. Frank Tate, commander, 25th CAB, before receiving their master’s degrees during the Kandahar Education Center graduation ceremony on Kandahar Airfield, recently.

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Todd Lopez
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — The Army is consolidating Soldier education under one roof as part of the Army University concept, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey has said.

While not a “brick and mortar” university, “ArmyU” will maximize the educational experience, which Soldiers are already getting in the Army through the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

The plan for ArmyU is to organize the Army’s professional military education programs into a university system to increase academic rigor, create greater opportunities for accreditation and enhance the quality of the force, according to CAC leaders.

ArmyU will integrate the education already provided in the Army for Soldiers and Army civilians of all components.

Included in ArmyU are all the Army “centers of excellence”: aviation, cyber, fires, intelligence, maneuver, maneuver support, mission command and sustainment.

“We will work with them, and we are looking at how we can make the instructors better, and make the curriculum as relevant and as current as possible, plus meeting the need of the operating force,” said Col. Michael J. Harlan, with the CAC.

While not part of ArmyU, the new university will coordinate with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the U.S. Army War College, Cadet Command, initial military training, U.S. Army Reserve Schools, Army National Guard Schools, Army Medical Department Center and School, Judge Advocate General Legal Center and School, and the Special Warfare Center and School.

 

Universal transcript

Dailey said ArmyU will be nationally accredited, and will eventually provide a “universal transcript” to make it easier for civilian colleges and universities to understand the education and training Soldiers have received in the Army, and help them build a degree program.

Right now what the Army and other military services offer is a Joint Services Transcript, which provides to civilian universities a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language. Dailey said the JST will not be eliminated, but will be augmented with a transcript from Army University.

“Our goal is to have the Army transcript have the same value as any other university in America,” Dailey said. “It’s long overdue. The Soldiers are excited about this, too.”

 

Career credentials

Another goal of ArmyU is to find ways for Soldiers to earn private-sector equivalent credentialing for the work they do in the Army, so they don’t need to be re-credentialed when they go look for private-sector work.

Soldiers, who may serve in the Army now as drivers, electricians, metal workers, plumbers or even medical workers, will first need to be credentialed first before they can move their skills to a paying job in the private sector. The goal of ArmyU is to provide credentialing for every military occupational specialty, or MOS.

Helping those Soldiers get credentialed in their skill set is important to both the Soldier and the Army because it proves “an individual is an expert in their particular area,” Harlan said.

Dailey said the Army has already been partnering with industry at places like Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Hood, Texas; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to help transitioning Soldiers get the right training and credentialing to move into work in the private sector.

ArmyU

The Army University is administered by the Combined Arms Center (CAC) on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

It also includes the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Defense Language Institute, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Army Management Staff College, Warrant Officer Career College, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army Press.

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