Ordnance Training Detachment Furthers Soldier Education

The Ordnance Training Detachment (OTD) with 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, is leading an initiative to provide Soldiers with more college-level education early on in their careers.

"We are trying to expedite their career opportunities," said Rodney Maupin, OTD director.

The OTD has partnered with the Columbus Technical College (CTC) to provide quality, higher education to cadre and Soldiers, said Captain Tomika Robinson, OTD commander. The partnership is nested with the Army Learning Concept 2015 and supports the 21st Soldier Competencies, she said.

The college will conduct a six-week English class twice a week for cadre and for advanced individual training (AIT) Soldiers twice a week starting January 26.

The initiative was born from the fact that AIT Soldiers earn a total of 18 college credit hours from the American Council on Education once they complete AIT. Maupin said the OTD will use that partnership with CTC to fulfill the Soldiers' general education requirements. For those Soldiers to receive an associate degree of science and applied technology, all they have to take is five classes from CTC and OTD will provide them with the rest.

For more information about this initiative, read the official Army press release.

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