The National Guard offers many education benefits and services. Dedicated education counselors are available in every state to help answer questions, provide direction for education services, and walk soldiers through each process. Counselors understand the details of federal tuition assistance and can make sense of your GI Bill questions. They can help you find a military-friendly school that offers your area of study and gets you on course to complete your degree. Current Guard Soldiers can get information on education programs by contacting their state's Education Services Officer.
The Army's computer-based training system provides free access to over 1,500 information technology, business and interpersonal skills courses and personal mentoring. These courses are accredited and may provide transfer college credit and promotion points. For further info and to enroll, register at Army Knowledge Online (AKO).
JST is a computerized transcript system that produces official transcripts for Soldiers upon request by combining a Soldier's military education and job experience with descriptions and college credit recommendations developed by the American Council on Education (ACE). In addition to name and Social Security number, the transcript contains the following information: current or highest enlisted rank; military status; additional skill identifiers and skill qualification identifiers; formal military courses; Military Occupational Specialties held; and standardized test score descriptions and credit recommendations developed by ACE.
Working with Peterson's online college guide, the Army General Library Program provides free access to extensive college and graduate school information. You'll find college and career info, study materials and practice tests, including the ASVAB, Military Flight Aptitude Tests, Officer Candidate Tests, Academic Skills, CLEP and DSST.
Dependents of National Guard Soldiers may be eligible for a number of educational and counseling services at no cost. Some GI Bill benefits may also be transferred from qualified Guard Soldiers to immediate family members. For additional information about any of the National Guard's education counseling services, contact your state Education Services Officer (ESO).