The Army Continuing Education Division (ACED) has transformed into the Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS), under the Vice Provost for Learning Systems, Army University. ACCESS was established in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 4302, permitting enlisted members, Warrant Officers, and Officers of the Army opportunities to advance their military efficiency with continued learning and to enable them to return to civilian life better equipped for industrial, commercial, and business occupations.
The goal of the ACCESS program is to promote lifelong learning and sharpen the competitive edge of the Army Soldiers now and for the Future Force. The program supports the Army’s overall mission of providing a supportive environment throughout their service and beyond by retaining quality Soldiers, enhancing their career professional progression, increasing the combat readiness of the Army, and assisting Soldiers in their transition from the Army into successful civilian careers. The program also supports the leader development imperatives of the Army Leader Development Strategy and supports Army Strategic Priorities.
Army education centers offer a wide variety of programs (i.e., certificates, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees) through U.S. vocational-technical schools, colleges, and universities. To navigate Soldiers through the flexible, cost-effective, and timely program, professional education counselors assist Soldiers in developing and completing educational goals and plans.