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Army and Higher Education Leaders Partner to Help Combat Sexual Assault

  • In late October, senior leaders, medical staff and Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention leaders from Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Washington, partnered with local communities to combat the issue of sexual assault during a conference at the University of Washington's Seattle Campus, yesterday.

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New Army Education Course to Fill E-8 Knowledge Gap

  • The Army's new Master Leader Course is being planned to prepare newly promoted master sergeants for the next step in their careers. As a new addition to the Army's noncommissioned officer education system, the course is slated for a pilot program in fall 2015, with the academy at Fort Bliss, Texas heading up the planning.

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What You Should Know About Online Education Through Army Knowledge Online

  • Often referred to as "the world's largest intranet," Army Knowledge Online (AKO) provides web-based enterprise information services to the United States Army, joint, and Department of Defense customers. An AKO account can be obtained by any member of the Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Army civilian, and select contractor workforce. All users can build pages, create file storage areas, and create and participate in discussions on the portal.

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Two Credit Card Companies Have Great Military Benefits

  • Hopefully you know that the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) helps active duty and deployed military members by postponing or delaying certain civil obligations to help reduce stress on both the soldiers and their families while they are serving full-time.

    One specific perk of the SCRA limits credit card interest to 6% on credit obligations that were made prior to active-duty activation or deployment. However, American Express and Bank of America will both go above and beyond the law for active duty servicemembers.

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Army Education Courses Give More College Credit!

  • The American Council on Education has completed their latest assessment of the Army's noncommissioned officer education courses, and has increased the recommended number of credits awarded for completing many of the courses.

    These increased credits will help every enlisted soldier once they graduate from AIT. Taking all of the common-core courses, from Structured Self-Development 1 all the way up to the Sergeants Major course, can earn a soldier a total of 61 credits - about as much as two years of college. MOS-specific courses can help add to the number of credits earned as well.

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