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The following programs will be replaced by the Post 9/11 GI-Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program but are still in place for some veterans.

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and Army College Fund (ACF)
As a Soldier, you can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill and the Army College Fund to pay for your college education. Depending on how long you enlist with the Army and the job you choose, you can get up to $87,756 to help pay for college.

Choose Army Reserve and Give your MGIB a “Kicker”
The Army Reserve offers a selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill up to $11,844. If you qualify for and accept a critical skill position in the Army Reserve you could earn an additional MGIB Kicker.

Army Reserve Benefit - Up to $24,444 to help pay for college

Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship
College students on more than 700 campuses nationwide can take advantage of the best leadership course in America-Army ROTC Military Science and Leadership. Army ROTC Cadets gain practical experience in management and problem solving while training to become Army Officers.

ROTC Benefit - College students, or those on their way to college, can compete for full-tuition scholarships, with generous textbook allowances and an annual stipend worth up to $5,000.

Taking Classes While in the Army

Continue Your Educational Growth
The Army offers several opportunities to attend classes while serving as an Active Duty or Army Reserve Soldier. Whether it's in accredited four-year universities across the nation, through an online university or in high-tech learning facilities on Army posts, the Army enables Soldiers to continue their educational growth.

Concurrent Admissions Program (CONAP) - The Army partners with over 1,900 community colleges and four-year universities, enabling Soldiers to attend college during or after their Army service. These colleges recognize credits earned during military training.

eArmyU: Take Classes Online - If you meet certain eligibility requirements, you may also take college courses through the Army's online education program, called eArmyU. Through eArmyU you may take courses for college credit, earn certifications or further your Army training. Many Enlisted Soldiers are even eligible for an Army-issued laptop. Please note that the eArmyU program is only available on certain posts.
Satellite Campuses - Most Army bases feature satellite branches of local, accredited universities, enabling Soldiers to attend actual college classes without leaving base. Credits earned on satellite campuses transfer automatically to the host university. Through the satellite campuses program, Soldiers can earn credit toward everything from Associate’s to Master’s degrees.

Tuition Assistance - The Army provides tuition assistance to Soldiers who wish to further their education. Available for approved courses, tuition assistance covers 100 percent of course costs up to $250 per credit, with a maximum of $4,500 per academic year. Tuition assistance applies to undergraduate and graduate courses taken traditionally or through distance learning.

For more information
call 1-800-USA-ARMY
or visit www.goarmy.com

ARMY ROTC

WHY TAKE ARMY ROTC IN COLLEGE?
The Army Reserved Officers’ Training Corps is a college program that teaches both leadership and management skills to students. At the same time students graduate from college, they simultaneously gain the distinction of becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, at the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Army ROTC enhances a student’s education by providing unique leadership and management experience. Students develop qualities that are the basis for success in any career.
SCHOLARSHIPS

Each year, Army ROTC awards hundreds of scholarships to eligible students. These scholarships are accepted at over 250 colleges and universities across the country. To compete for one, visit www.goarmy.com/rotc and click the “Scholarships” link to download a scholarship application or to request that one be sent to you. Completed applications must be postmarked by January 10 and sent to:

The U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship
U.S. Army Cadet Comand
55 Patch Road, Building 56
Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1052

For more information, visit www.goarmy.com/rotc or call
1-800-750-ROTC (7682), option 5

To check the status of your ROTC application, you may call 1-888-251-6983 or e-mail atccps@usacc.army.mil

ARMY RESERVE

The Army Reserve can offer you many things that are hard to find elsewhere...the chance to learn a skill that can be applied to a civilian career...the chance to serve your country by being part of our nation’s defense team....the chance to help your neighbors through Reserve participation in community service projects. You’re paid for all this, part-time of course. And best of all, in the Army Reserve, you serve at home, after a short period of initial active duty for training.

EXTRA MONEY AND BENEFITS
As a member of an Army Reserve Unit, you will receive a full day’s pay (in your military grade) for each training assembly (four hours) or day of field service you attend. With longevity will come pay increases and promotions. This extra income is a welcome supplement to most young people's salaries. Many joining the Army Reserve while still in high school will be eligible to begin receiving monthly paychecks up to six months before graduation.

TIME REQUIREMENTS
By law, enlistees in the Army Reserve must spend a minimum of three months on active duty, to complete basic training and advanced individual training in a military job skill. Fortunately, this active duty training may now be split into two years. For instance, the first portion could be taken during the summer following the junior year of high school. Then, the second and final portion could be taken during the next summer. The actual length of time you are on active duty depends on the length of the course you choose. The type of specialized training is determined by the vacancies needed to be filled by your Army Reserve unit. When basic and advanced individual training are completed, Reserve Soldiers return home as members of their local Reserve unit, where they will participate on a part-time basis. Usual requirements are one weekend a month plus two weeks annual training each year. Consider making the Army Reserve a part of your future. Your local Army Reserve representative can help you make your choice.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

When you join the National Guard you will be continuing a time honored tradition that has continued for over 371 years. A tradition that includes numerous presidents, as well as many founding members of this great Nation. Volunteers from the Guard have fought in every major conflict in our country’s history to preserve freedom and democracy. Guard members have also been there for our friends and neighbors during and after community and national disasters.

The warriors in today’s Guard evolved from the Minute Men of the colonial militia during the American Revolution. These farmers and laborers vowed to drop their plows and tools and be ready for battle “at a moments notice”.

This is why, in late August of 1989, the emblem of the Minute Man was authorized as the seal for the Army National Guard. This symbol pays tribute to the Guard’s roots, to those people who ran from their fields, homes, and loved ones to protect and defend the freedoms Americans still fight for today. The seal depicts a Minute Man cast in bronze, detailed in black, facing to the right and centered on a light blue disk. The figure is enclosed by a blue border, edged with gold, with the words Army National Guard at the top and five white stars at the bottom.

The Minute Man figure on the seal is a replica of the Minute Man statue by Daniel French, the same sculptor who designed the seated Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C. The Minute Man sculpture still stands today by the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, at the Minute Man National Historical Park. The statue honors the centennial of the events at the North Bridge, the site of “the shot heard round the world” on April 19, 1775, the opening battle of the American Revolution.

It has been written that “The statue depicts a farmer becoming a soldier, relinquishing his plow, raising his rifle, and stepping forward resolutely toward battle” to defend his home and those of his neighbors. The plow, draped with an abandoned coat, symbolizes the land that all of these citizens, volunteers, men of these militias - Minute Men - defended with such bravery. This seal truly represents the tradition you can be a part of by calling 1-800-GO-GUARD or visiting NationalGuard.com and begin your Path to Honor.

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY

The United States Military Academy, founded in 1802, is a Tier I college that provides a broad based curriculum in the arts and sciences with 42 majors from which to choose. Upon graduation cadets earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

West Point is renowned for its premiere leadership development program, placing it on a similar level with Ivy League colleges and other top research universities in the nation.

For over 200 years West Point graduates have been committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country, and have provided many of our nation’s outstanding leaders. They include some of the most famous and influential men, including Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, George S. Patton, Omar Bradley, Douglas MacArthur, and Dwight Eisenhower, to name just a few. Because of the breadth of their education and leadership experience, West Point graduates historically have been sought for high-level civilian and military leadership positions. Their numbers include two U.S. Presidents, several ambassadors, state governors, legislators, judges, cabinet members, educators, astronauts and corporate executives.

Candidate Visits and Tours
Prospective candidates or students interested in attending the Military Academy can request special cadet-escorted orientations. The Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday.

For information on orientation visits or to apply for admission to West Point, call the admissions office at 845-938-4041; write to: Director of Admissions, USMA, Building 606, West Point, NY 10996; visit the West Point Web site at http://admissions.usma.edu, or e-mail the Admissions Office, admissions@usma.edu.


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