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WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 17, 2015) -- The
Army is consolidating Soldier education under "one roof" as
part of the "Army University" concept, Sgt. Maj. of the Army
Daniel A. Dailey said.

The Army University, officially abbreviated "ArmyU" for short,
is administered by the Combined Arms Center, or CAC, on
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

While not a "brick and mortar" university, ArmyU will
maximize the educational experience, which Soldiers are
already getting in the Army through the U.S. Army Training
and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC. The plan for ArmyU is
to organize the Army's professional military education
programs into a university system to increase academic rigor,
create greater opportunities for accreditation, and enhance
the quality of the force, according to CAC leaders.

ArmyU will integrate the education already provided in the
Army for enlisted Soldiers, officers, warrant officers and Army
civilians of all components.
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Dailey said ArmyU will be nationally accredited, and will
eventually provide a "universal transcript" to make it easier for
civilian colleges and universities to understand the education
and training Soldiers have received in the Army, and help
them build a degree program.

Right now what the Army and other military services offer is a
Joint Services Transcript, which provides to civilian
universities a description of military schooling and work
history in civilian language. Dailey said the JST will not be
eliminated, but will be augmented with a transcript from Army

"Our goal is to have the Army transcript have the same value
as any other university in America," Dailey said. "It's long
overdue. The Soldiers are excited about this too."

Harlan said a universal transcript, along with ArmyU
accreditation, will mean that many, though not all of the
types of training Soldiers receive in the Army will be able to
convert into civilian education credits.

One of the goals of ArmyU is to ensure that the training
provided across the Army meets the rigor required in the
civilian academic world. This will make it easier for ArmyU to
provide accredited courses, which in turn means it can
provide universal transcripts of Soldier education that
document coursework credits that civilian universities will be
more willing to accept. When that happens, the education
Soldiers complete in the Army will save them both time and
money when they transition out of service.

"When they walk in to that school, they have this universal
transcript from the ArmyU that shows legitimate accredited
credits, and they can take those and apply them towards a
degree program of their choosing," Harlan said. "It'll save
them money ideally if that Soldier, now a civilian, doesn't
have to pay a second time for training they already possess.
The other thing is it may get them a degree faster because
they don't have to take as many classes, because they have
already gotten that training and experience and the civilian
university will acknowledge it."