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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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Getting Started With Army Vocational Training Programs

The army offers many ways to receive vocational and technical licensing and training through coordinated efforts of the Department of Defense and the Departments of Labor, Education, and Veteran's Affairs. The programs available enable soldiers to document their training and experience -- whether ongoing or completed -- in order to gain college or vocational credits for that experience, or successfully apply it to civilian work placement.

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Civil Rights Groups Urge DoD to Stop Providing Military-Grade Weapons to School Police

As part of a national U.S. Department of Defense program begun in 1997, more than $5 billion in surplus military equipment has been distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country, including local police departments and school police.

But the program has been under increasing criticism since heavily armed and militarized police forces clashed with protestors recently in Ferguson, MO following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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West Point Collaboration Supports Innovations in Soldier Science and Technology

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center have launched a collaboration to identify research opportunities for innovative technologies that may benefits soldiers on the battlefield and elsewhere. Among them: methods to harvest energy on the battlefield to lighten Soldiers' load, and reduce dependency on batteries.

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SEC Emphasizes Importance of Financial Education for Military Members

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is concerned about the financial literacy of U.S. military service members. In light of recent financial scams targeting active duty soldiers and veterans, the organization last week issued a bulletin on investing for military personnel.

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Strategies to Reduce Your College Debt

While the Army offers many ways to give you money for college to reduce the financial burden of higher education, many military students still must take out loans in order to offset the remaining tuition and fees. So, reducing student loan debt is no stranger to the military. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your debt, or even have some of it forgiven. Our friends over at collegeeducation411.com have compiled several articles that give you the low-down on college debt reduction. The articles cover topics such as:

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Check Out the ASVAB Resources Over at College Education 411

Getting ready for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam? Our friends over at collegeeducation411.com have compiled some great resources for prepping for ASVAB, including two practice tests that will give you an opportunity to test your knowledge before you sit down to take the actual test. And best of all, they are free -- no registration required. Check them out at www.collegeeducation411.com

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Army Gives Kids Hands-On Experience in Science

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine this summer sponsored the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program at Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. The program gives middles-school students hands-on experience with science in a laboratory setting.

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