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Army Now Giving Soldiers More College Credits

In its latest assessment of Army noncommissioned officer education system courses, the American Council on Education has increased the college credits soldiers can now earn toward their bachelors degrees to two years' worth of course credits. Credits are earned by attending Army professional military education courses.

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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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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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Veterans Get Special Treatment at Career Centers!

Did you know that any company that has a Federal contract worth $100,000 or more have agreed to programs and hiring practices that not only encourage veterans to apply for jobs, they actually give vets an advantage in the hiring process?

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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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