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Old 02-08-2007   #1
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Default Transformation of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System

Transformation of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System: Leveraging Education to Improve Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development - Colonel Kevin Wilson, USA. USAWC Strategy Research Project.

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If the Army is going to be an adaptable and innovative force, with soldiers skilled in their specific Military Occupational Specialty, proficient in their warrior skills, and have language and cultural knowledge, the Armys noncommissioned officer professional development policies must change.

This essay addresses changes needed in the noncommissioned officer's formal education and describes ways to better integrate it into career progression. The basic premise is to develop an education and certification program for noncommissioned officers that enables a noncommissioned officer to get civilian college credit for all of their military schooling, and awards a bachelors degree and appropriate civilian licensure or credentials upon completion of the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course.

By meshing the civilian education with career progression, the Army not only improves the overall capability of individual noncommissioned officers, but uses education as an incentive to remain in the service. This recommendation requires minimal additional resources because it better utilizes existing programs such as eArmyU and tuition assistance, and integrates them with recruiting and retention programs...
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Morning SWJED !

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The basic premise is to develop an education and certification program for noncommissioned officers that enables a noncommissioned officer to get civilian college credit for all of their military schooling
There are actually several universities and colleges where an NCO can received college credit for military schooling/courses attended. Such as Central Texas College, Los Angeles Community College and Georgia's Dekalb Community College.

There were indeed strings attached. Most required attending at least one course (which, at times also depended on the total semester hours needed). Of the 7 courses I attended, 6 were paid for by the Army. I was able to apply almost every MOS course and several sub-courses to college credits.

I understand there's college now offering credits for foreign language aptitudes at the 2+/2+/2+ or higher proficiencies. It afterall only makes sense, or does it ?
I think it was Jed who discussed the Army's recent decision to link/limit DLI training to those who re-up. That will definitly burden our already limited resources and at a time when we really need it.

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and awards a bachelors degree and appropriate civilian licensure or credentials upon completion of the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course
That sadly was not offered in the 70's. Glad to see someone looking out for our education and more importantly, the value of a good NCO !
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