Army Continuing Education System (ACES) policy, and programs support the self-development domain of the Army Leader Development tenets by providing Soldiers opportunities for traditional and technology-based education, and support for personal and professional career goals. ACES is managed by ArmyU ACCESS and administered under Army Regulation 621-5 (AR 621-5).
Active component, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers can find additional information about the ACES programs and services listed here by visiting GoArmyEd at www.goarmyed.com or contacting their respective, servicing Army education centers. A list of Army education centers by installation, state, or region can be found at https://www.goarmyed.com/public/public_goarmyed-education_centers.aspx.
The educational and vocational counseling process is central to the delivery of meaningful ACES programs and services. ACES counselors are responsible for assisting Soldiers to establish realistic short or long-range educational goals, make plans to attain those goals, and access the appropriate ACES programs and services to support the goals. All Soldiers must be counseled to establish education or vocational lifelong learning goals and to develop a plan to attain the goals before participating in any ACES programs and services. Soldiers should contact their servicing Army education centers to schedule or receive counseling.
ACES Soldier Development Programs
ACES Soldier development programs provide on-duty and off-duty academic instruction in job-related skills to assist Soldiers to increase military competencies and leadership attributes.
Soldier development programs include the following:
- Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)
BSEP is one of four Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) programs. BSEP provides academic instruction to support Soldier's job-related learning, performance of military duties, career progression, and lifelong learning. BSEP curriculum and instruction develops skills in such areas as reading, mathematical computation, writing, speaking, science, English as a second language, and computer skills (availability of all areas depending on location).
For more information on BSEP, please refer to the BSEP Handbook.
- High School Completion Program (HSCP)
The HSCP provides Soldiers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or equivalency diploma.
- English-as-a-Second Language (ESL)
Non-residential ESL programs are offered either on-duty or off-duty at a permanent duty station.
- Mission-required Language Training
Mission-required foreign language training is an on-duty program providing Army personnel with foreign language skills or refresher training necessary to perform their duties in language-required positions.
Army Tuition Assistance
The Army provides tuition assistance (TA) for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of Soldiers’ professional and personal self-development goals. The use of TA directly contributes to retaining quality Soldiers, enhancing their career progression, improving Army readiness, and preparing Soldiers for meaningful employment upon transitioning from military service. Eligible Soldiers may use TA to participate in high school completion programs and to take approved courses from undergraduate or graduate education programs at approved postsecondary educational institutions.
Soldiers can find information about TA eligibility requirements, funding allowance, and request procedures by visiting GoArmyEd at www.goarmyed.com or contacting their servicing Army education centers. GoArmyEd is the Army’s enterprise voluntary education portal that allows eligible Soldiers to request TA for classroom and online learning courses anytime and from anywhere. Soldiers can view and manage their Army voluntary education records, research school and degree options, submit education questions, and request ACES Counselor support by logging into GoArmyEd.
VIA is a decision-support tool within GoArmyEd that helps Soldiers research and choose a long-term civilian career goal, a degree that prepares them to attain the goal and an educational institution that offers the best program and the best value to pursue the degree. Soldiers do not have to be eligible for TA to use VIA but must establish a GoArmyEd account to access the tool.
DANTES sponsors a wide range of examination programs to assist Soldiers in meeting their educational goals. These examinations are administered on military installations by the DANTES appointed Test Site personnel or by installation-sponsored National Test Centers.
Soldiers should contact their servicing Army education centers and offices to receive information about tests offered and to schedule academic testing appointments.
Army Personnel Testing
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