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SUNY ESC in New Army-Funded College Education Program for Privates & Specialists

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

February 7, 2012

(This information was excerpted from the December issue of Army Times.)

SUNY Empire State College is participating in a recently launched Army-funded college education program that will allow junior enlisted soldiers of the combat arms to earn an associate degree during their first term of service.

The Enlisted Education Program’s new college option is targeted at privates and specialists of the infantry, armor, field artillery and air defense career management fields – more than 120,000 soldiers.

Thirty-one colleges have agreed to give soldiers college credits toward an associate degree in:

  • basic combat training
  • advanced individual training
  • structured self-development level I
  • warrior leader course.

Additionally, schools must:

  • provide an associate degree in arts, sciences or general studies
  • minimize academic residency requirements
  • allow for the easy transfer of credits between participating schools
  • provide an assessment of a soldier’s prior learning and career experiencesS.pecific details about the program, including degree programs, application procedures and tuition assistance are available at www.goarmyed.com.