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New Subject Matter Expert Program for Army Medical Department

In August 2014, over 50 enlisted Soldiers, spanning the ranks of staff sergeant to sergeant major, attended the newly established and revitalized subject-matter expert, or SME, training session. Upon completion, all Soldiers received certificates of training and letters appointing each as the Army Medical Department, or AMEDD, SME to the Army Medical Command sergeant major and surgeon general for their respective military occupational specialties, or MOS, and/or additional skill identifiers, ASI.

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Soldier-Mentors Support Students at U.S. All-American Bowl

The new year brought with it the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3, bringing together the nation's top high school football players and musicians, and offering soldiers the opportunity to serve as mentors.

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) sent 10 of the 23 soldier-mentors to the event, where community outreach and fun competitive events enabled the mentors to show the students more about the many opportunities available to them through the Army.

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Job Outlook: Careers in Computers and Information Technology

A career in the technology field can be rewarding and lucrative, and information technology careers also have the added advantage of being plentiful. Nearly every company or business employs workers skilled in various areas of computers and information technology, from systems administrators to database professionals, to graphic designers and web developers. Working with computers demands high attention to detail and a foundation in mathematical and analytical skills.

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Job Outlook: Careers In Criminal Justice

A career in Criminal Justice can be rewarding and exciting to be sure -- but the actual experience may be far from the jobs portrayed on television shows like CSI and major Hollywood films. While popular culture has given careers in Criminal Justice a neon glow and allure, the jobs themselves may not have the glamour of the big screen, but they do have the gratification of providing a highly specialized skill set to serve the criminal justice system, which may be very rewarding for job seekers.

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New Resources Should Make College Choices Easier in 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs has promised that in 2015 they will make new information available that can help soldiers and veterans find out which schools are most deserving of their GI Bill benefits - and which schools are the best value for their money.

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Applying for Financial Aid: A Primer

Even if you are eligible to get money for college from an Army program such as the Military G.I. Bill, an ROTC scholarship, or other Tuition Assistance (TA) program, applying for federal financial aid is a must for any incoming college freshman.

One of the first steps you need to take is to fill out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (apply online at www.fafsa.gov).

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Choosing a College or University - Resources You Can Use

Choosing the right college or university is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Making sure you have all the facts about what type of school to choose -- an online college, a military school, mainstream university, community college, technical/vocational college, etc. -- can go a long way in ensuring that you end up in a degree program that works for you.

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College Application Home Stretch - What to Do Before the End of the Year

2014 is fast approaching its end, and college application time is wrapping up. There are still a few tasks that college-bound soldiers should be sure to tackle before the end of the year, though. We've gathered the checklist from our friends over at collegeeducation411.com:

Get started on your application essay -- if you haven't already

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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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