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Military education in the Army

How the U.S. Army is designed to educate its officers in strategy and planning will determine success, or failure, in its efforts to produce and sustain strategic planners. The security challenges that will face the next generation of military leaders demands that action be taken now to reassess and redesign the ways in which the Army educates and develops uniformed professionals, expert in advice-giving on matters related to national policy, national strategy, and experienced in the operational planning and tactical execution of martial actions intended to translate strategic goals into tangible effects. This new information age of warfare reflects a uniquely complex and ambiguous strategic environment. It reveals a graying of the distinctions between the strategic and the tactical levels of war and a growing synchronicity between the martial and extramarital aspects of war. Perhaps at no other time in modern history has the notion of war as a continuation of politics and policy by other means been closer to reality.

Online education information for Army – California Intercontinental University

The professional officer education system needs to accurately and effectively reflect and affect the prevailing epoch of warfare. There are indications (empirical and anecdotal) that the current U.S. Army education system is antiquated; more an example of the past (‘modern’) strategic times than the present and future(‘post-modern’) strategic environment. The modern PME, a derivative of the mechanized age of warfare, is typified by: separate approaches to strategic level education, operational-level education, and tactical level education; differentiated (partitioned) career paths for officers trained in strategy versus operations and tactics; a seniority-based approach to the education and experiential learning of officers in national and grand strategy.

A service-based centricity in its pedagogy; and a military-centric approach to war policymaking and the development of future roles, functions, and missions for military strategic planners. The 2003 complex strategic environment calls for the synthesis of expertise in the three domains of war into one entity: the uniformed strategic planner. To meet this educational end, the current educational ways and means must be assessed, evaluated. Weak spots and points of failure must be identified – all on behalf of retooling the system in ways that facilitate the development of Army experts in national strategic planning.

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The US Military Association Benefits


CALUNIVERSITY delivers a high-caliber education so you can advance your military career or prepare for a new civilian career right now, whether you are overseas or stateside. California Intercontinental University is classified as an Institution of Higher Learning. This allows students to use their VA Benefits and receive the maximum tuition reimbursement amounts. Students wishing to use his or her VA Educational Benefits must enroll in the Academic Term Program. You may also be eligible to receive credit for your military training and prior learning experiences that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE).

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For answers to questions regarding eligibility for various entitlement categories, please phone the VA at

Veterans’ Programs

Click here to learn more about eligibility and programs from the VA website.
Click here to download and view the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

VA Forms The VA provides an efficient, secure means of applying for education benefits electronically by using the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAAP).


Veterans will only be certified for VA education benefits once they have completed the application and enrollment processes. Veterans may be approved for a 60-day deferment of tuition payments, allowing time for the VA to approve and set up education payments.

Click here for step-by-step procedures on applying for VA benefits.


If you are using education benefits, the School Certifying Official at California Intercontinental University will electronically certify your enrollment status approximately 5 days after your course starts. This certification verifies the number of credits you are taking and how long it took to complete.

Dropped Courses

Students who drop courses may be required by VA to repay benefits received for that class.

Academic Credit Transcripts

California Intercontinental University accepts transfer credit from accredited/approved academic institutions when the course content is deemed to be the equivalent to our own. For evaluation purposes student copies of transcript(s) are acceptable. Official transcripts must be on file at California Intercontinental University before students can begin.

Note: VA does not pay for repeated course(s). Examples: Course(s) when credit may be awarded from another college; academic course credit(s) obtained through a military evaluation; academic credit(s) earned at technical school(s); or any other source where academic credit was granted.

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Professional Military Education

It is Congress’ responsibility, through its authorization of funds and statements of policy, along with the leaders of the Department of Defense (the Department), to ensure that military personnel who are asked to support the national security of the United States are properly prepared and equipped for their missions.

A program for development leading to commissioning and continuing through the length of a career supports the preparation of military officers who lead the armed forces. For the most senior, those with the most responsibility, careers stretch from 20 to 40 years. Officer development programs include providing the right officers the right training, experience, and education at the right time. The principal purpose of professional military education (PME) is to educate officers throughout their careers in preparation for this unique public trust.

The U.S. Armed Forces generally recognize the value of education separate from training, and they place special emphasis on the importance of in-residence officer education. PME contributes to an officer being able to take on responsibilities and challenges commensurate with increases in rank. The services seek to instill competence in core service functions and specific weapon systems in their officer candidates and junior officers. This knowledge is to be broadened to the operational level (combined arms and joint campaigns) for majors and lieutenant colonels (Navy lieutenant commanders and commanders, O-4s and O-5s). Finally, the military requires policy and strategic-level thinking from its colonels and flag officers (O-6 through O-10). Generally, training programs are highly utilitarian while the education system, particularly at the senior level, is intended to develop habits of mind and modes of analysis. As many military leaders have said, “we train for certainty and we educate for uncertainty.” Still, all of the PME courses have elements of both training and education. By and large, the more junior the officers, the heavier the component of training in the courses they take. The more senior the officers, the heavier the education component in their courses.

PME encompasses a diversity of subject matter. Each service is responsible for educating officers in their core competencies according to service needs. Air Force schools, for example, primarily teach air and space warfare. Similarly, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps schools focus on land, maritime, and expeditionary warfare, respectively. The Department depends on the services’ PME to develop officers with these service-specific proficiencies. Over the years, service and joint PME have become intertwined to some measure, which should become evident in the system described in the pages that follow. This is in part due to the services embracing joint operations to the point where multi-service cooperation has become the norm. Joint doctrine in many cases also serves as service doctrine. This assimilation has even extended down to the level of joint tactics, techniques, and procedures. This overlap also gives rise to confusion in discussing, and sometimes equating, PME and JPME.

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Surviving Spouse and Military Benefits

Surviving spouses or children of deceased or disabled servicemen are often completely oblivious to the fact that there are so many survivor scholarships out there. With over $300 million of military survivor scholarships and grants available, there is definitely a lot of money in survivor scholarships. So if you’re considering advancing your education and your parent or husband/wife served in the military and is now currently deceased or injured, you should definitely look into getting a survivor scholarship.

Allot of people will try to tell you that it’s impossible to get a scholarship and that scholarships are too difficult to get. The truth is that there are a wide variety of different kinds of scholarships, and while some may take a ingenious science experiment to get, many just require a genuine essay stating why you need the scholarships. If it’s as simple as just writing a short essay for a couple hundred bucks, why not try for it?

Another myth that many people will tell you when you’re considering pursuing a scholarship or grant is that the scholarships aren’t necessary because the Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance Program will help you pay for school, and will cover pretty much all your tuition costs. While it is true the DEA is a great program for survivor spouses and children seeking educational assistance, It’s also true that having a couple extra buckaroos in your pocket from writing a simple essay for a scholarship isn’t going to hurt you.

Another of the myths that many people will feed to you as a reason not to get a scholarship is that scholarships are too hard to find. Well that’s just plain not true! Scholarships for all kinds of things are available to many students right now, just sitting there unclaimed. Truth is, not many students know where to look for scholarships, and that’s the main reason they go unclaimed for so long. You can start in your search for scholarships by looking on a scholarship finder. Ask a recruiter also if they know of any specific scholarships being offered for your subject of interest.

So as you can see there are many options when it comes to scholarships for survivor spouses/children of deceased/disabled service members. Even though your loved one has passed on you can still succeed in your own personal life and they’ll look down on you and smile since you’re getting your life on the right track. Don’t you think it’s time for you to take advantage of the educational opportunities that are available to you? Within a short time, you could be on the track to getting a great scholarship and a great education, all you need to do is try!

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Interested in TRICARE ECHO

If you have a family member who is in the United states Military, you can get healthcare from a program known as TRICARE Extended Health Option.

What are the TRICARE / ECHO benefits? TRICARE / ECHO benefits include medical coverage of the many areas including medical services, rehabilitative services, training for assistive technology, special education for special needs spouses and children, Institutional care for conditions that require residential environments(such as hospital visits), Ambulance costs, translators for speaking or hearing impaired beneficiaries, in home or caretaker services, along with any necessary medical equipment a patient requires. TRICARE is actually the most affordable, comprehensive and easy medical program.

Who is covered by the TRICARE / ECHO benefits? Anybody who has a spouse or child to an active duty member, including reserve soldiers who have been active duty for a period of 30 days or more can be benefited. Another case where a family member or spouse of a retired Armed Forces member can receive the TRICARE / ECHO benefits if the child or spouse is a victim of physical or emotional abuse. It also offers the programs on health care for the retired persons which include TRICARE dental, TRICARE pharmacy and also TRICARE for the life.

The benefits will kick in and cover your medical bills or any other necessary costs that may result from the qualifying conditions required by ECHO. ECHO’s qualifying conditions are that you’re suffering from moderate to severe mental retardation or a serious physical disability.

Luckily the old program, TRICARE Program for the Persons with Disabilities, was replaced by the TRICARE Extended Health Option, on September 1, 2005. This change reflected a drastic change in how TRICARE functioned overall. The coverage limits of Persons of the Program for the Persons with Disabilities was only $1000 per month, but with the TRICARE / ECHO program, beneficiaries are looking at benefits of up to two thousand and five hundred dollar per month for each eligible family. Another TRICARE / ECHO benefit is that beneficiaries who are stuck at home due to an injury or mental retardation can qualify for extended in-home health care. The old program, the Program for the Persons with Disabilities, required recipients to use public facilities and funds to the extent which is required or available… how much does that suck? Instead with the ECHO program that requirement is no longer for the majority, but only for a small group of ECHO beneficiaries.

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The United States Active Duty Education Resources

Active duty education resources service offers various benefits for the United States military, spouses, children and families. You may be eligible for more than one educational benefit at one time. Have a look at our list of active duty education resources and check your eligibility for each resource.

Military Active Duty Education Resources

Military Active Duty Education Resources assist as program guidelines to determine eligibility in between services. Here is the list of military tuition assistance education programs:

  • Army Tuition Assistance
    1. Provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a soldier’s professional goals
    2. Open to nearly all soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) including Army Reserve and Army National Guard on active duty.
    3. The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance: 100% Tuition and Fees not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • Navy Tuition Assistance
    1. available to both Naval Officer and Enlisted active duty personnel and Naval Reservists on continuous active duty
    2. available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty 120 days and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more
    3. be on active duty for the whole length of the course
    4. Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
    5. receive counseling from a Navy College Office
    6. remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of courses funded by TA
    7. The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance: 100% Tuition and Fee not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and 16 Semester Hours (24 Quarter Hours or 240 Clock Hours)@ Fiscal Year
  • Marine Corps Tuition Assistance
    1. 100% tuition and fees for courses taken by active duty personnel.
    2. The maximum amount paid for Tuition Assistance: 100% Tuition and Fee not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
    1. 100% Tuition and Fees not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • National Guard Tuition Assistance
    1. Eligible to members of active duty, reserve and civilian employees – in their professional development by providing funding for off-duty voluntary education courses to broaden their academic or Coast Guard technical background.
    2. 100% Tuition not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • Reserve Tuition Assistance
    1. Members of the National Guard are eligible for tuition assistance.
    2. Members state funded education incentives based on state guidelines and eligibility such as TA, waivers, exemptions, student loan repayment from Army National Guard (ARNG) and Air National Guard (ANG) services
  • Military Education Support Programs
    You will be entitled to specific college funds, scholarships and education programs if you are eligible for one of these military active duty education resources. The following is the list of military active duty education resources and support programs:

    1. Army Voluntary Education Programs
      1. GoArmyEd
      2. Tuition Assistance
      3. Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCAD)
      4. eArmyU
      5. Other Army Education Resources
    2. Navy Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Navy Advanced Education Voucher
      2. Navy Graduate Education Voucher
      3. Tuition Assistance
      4. Servicemembers Opportunity College ( SOCNAV)
      5. College-At-Sea (NCPACE)
      6. Seaman to Admiral (STA-21)
      7. Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Grants
      8. Other Navy Education Benefit Programs
    3. Air Force Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Tuition Assistance
      2. The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
      3. Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
      4. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
      5. General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP)
    4. Marine Corps Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Marine Deployed Education Programs
      2. Library Programs
      3. Military Academic Skills Program (MASP)
      4. Military Tuition Assistance (TA)
      5. United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)
      6. Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
      7. Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Marine Corps (SOCMAR)
      8. Spouse Tuition Assistance (TA)
    5. Coast Guard Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Tuition Assistance
      2. SOCCOAST
      3. SOCCOAST Afloat
      4. The Coast Guard Foundation Grant
      5. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)
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Military education in the Air Force

The adaptive and successful use of technology in learning and performance, involving a range of digital literacy, plays a large role in modern society and is particularly critical in warfare. The U.S. Air Force is facing future learning environments where Airmen must learn more rapidly and adapt more quickly to swiftly evolving demands of war fighting where knowledge, critical-thinking skills, and performance are increasingly important in unforgiving circumstances. Evolving-conflict environments demand evolving-education processes. Well-developed digital literacy is needed by Airmen to effectively learn and perform across informal self-development efforts, formal schoolhouse programs, and a variety of operational experiences.

Advanced technological developments require educators to think and plan strategically regarding the role of digital literacy to help ensure the Air Force has a competitive and adaptive learning system capable of meeting future learning needs of the Airman. Educators should be actively involved in devising updated learning frameworks and curricula to help develop the digital-literacy knowledge and skills needed by Airmen. Posner (2002) observed that students do not simply need to know how to manipulate computer or digital tools and resources; they must develop the desire for, and a habit of, critical thought. The learned capacity for critical thinking includes improved discernment when using the Internet and forms of social networking as well as interpreting reliable information sources on the Web. In addition, the ability to use technology does not necessarily involve consistent ethical considerations among students, or an understanding of the possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and access to multiple perspectives the cyberspace provides.

Blended- and affective-learning frameworks and environments can also be designed to support modular curricula to help sequence learning in better ways with Airmen’s schedules and operational tempos. This capability introduces prospects for integrating performance-support applications that are also blended with learning applications to help foster stronger ties between schoolhouse learning and on-the-job performance and decision-support tools. Bridging the schoolhouse to on-the-job environments, using blended- and affective-learning frameworks, can strengthen the continuum of lifelong learning across formal, informal, and life experiences for the Airman. Competitive and adaptive future-learning environments will increasingly evolve to better-blended and distributive models simply because it matters to an expeditionary force to educate war fighters regardless of place. Nonetheless, most educators place high importance on the role of place in learning, even with distributive-learning environments. In addition, educators are increasingly designing and developing good virtual surrogates for traditional physical learning places. Some educators go so far as to suggest that traditional physical places for learning operate, in part, with critical virtual elements through the sociocultural practices of the learning community.

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The Air Force… Learn and Earn!

Hey I’m interested in Air Force education benefits, where do I find out more? Well, take a moment to read over this article and you’ll definitely be able to get a good grasp of the Air Force education benefits.

One of the main Air Force education benefits is provided through the Tuition Assistance program. Through the Tuition Assistance program, the Air Force will pay for 100 percent of your educational costs if you’re active duty airmen.

The Air Force is also home to the CCAF or the Community College of the Air Force, which is the only degree granting institution in the world that is dedicated solely to enlisted service members. So you’ll be receiving a military degree from a military university, nothing more official then that. If you’re interested in getting an online military degree at online military colleges, the CCAF can also help you with that. The Air Force is dedicated to providing airmen with all the educational tools they require to accomplish their academic goals.

Another part of the Air Force education benefits is the Service members Opportunity Colleges or SOC. The SOC colleges are there to help you as well as your family members to get the college degrees and certificates you want. You can take courses here during you’re off duty hours or if you’d like you can do it at many different military institutions across the United States and in oversea countries as well.

If you’ve taken out student loans in the past you haven’t been able to pay off yet, joining the Air Force and pursuing a military degree might just be the perfect option for you; because the Air Force will help you pay off up to $10,000 in student loans you have hanging over your head. If you’re interested in this program check it out it’s the Loan Repayment Program or LRP.

Another way to put a quick $2000 bucks into your pocket for your academic needs is through the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program, which is a grant program sponsored by the Air Force Aid society. The grant can be applied for by full time active duty airmen or retired Air Force members. You can get more then $2000 from this grant program depending on your familie’s income and other educational cost factors that come into play.

So whether you’re in debt with student loans and are looking for a quick way out or you’re looking to acquire some serious skills from military colleges and from serving in the Air Force. Getting the Air Force education benefits is worth it for any young person interested in succeeding in their academic goals. So if you’ve been walking on the edge for a while, after reading this article you really have no excuse left. Get off your behind and go explore the world while learning great job skills and getting an education in whatever you would like to learn about.

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Army and Education

If you are thinking about joining the Army as a way to advance your own education, then after reading this, I hope you’ll at the least take away what a kind of Army education benefits you’ll get out of enrolling for military degrees or degrees sponsored by the military.

The military provides many benefits to active duty service members, including the fact you’ll be able to earn while you learn, because while you’re active duty, you’ll get paid as well as have a chance to get an education. There are many different programs that can provide you with benefits if you’re looking for Army education benefits, but you may receive up to $4,500 worth of tuition fees if you are an active duty service member. You’re also able to dip into the GI bill funds if you’d like, however it’s not recommended to active duty members.

Another option for Army education benefits is to pay off a loan with the CLRP, otherwise known as the College Loan Repayment Program. While taking out a loan seems like a risk, with the military, you’ll receive up to $65,000 to pay off your college loans if you apply for a three year active duty enlistment, simply because you’re a service member. However, with up to $4,500 in Army education benefits coming from the Tuition Assistance program and the Tuition Assistance Top-Up program, it’s unlikely you’ll ever need to take out a loan.

With the Tuition Assistance Program, you’ll receive all the Army education benefits you’re going to ever possibly need because the Army pays 100 percent of the necessary fees and tuition costs for active duty service members. Soldiers that are part of the Army Continuing Education program use Tuition Assistance funds to pay for the classes they take when they’re off duty as a chance to advance their education goals without really any costs, or little to none.

So as you can see there are many options when it comes to the Army and education. You can take this information and figure out what’s right for you. You should also consider the possibility of online military colleges. The military offers online classes at many of its colleges that you can attend even if you’re overseas. The opportunities are endless when it comes to education and the army. If you’re still indecisive about joining the army so you can further your education, I’d say the best option you have is to head on down to the local recruiting office and talk to a recruiter to see what kinds of opportunities will be available to you. They’d be able to give you an in depth overview of all the different options you have as far as education goes. Now is the time to serve your country and get a great education for your future!

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Tuition Assistance (TA) Program Overview

The Armed Forces do offer several programs to marines, sailors, soldiers, guardsman and airmen in order to help them reach their goals in terms of education, and this includes a Tuition Assistance program for college courses. These courses can be taken during your off-duty hours, thus not interfering with their routine jobs.

California Intercontinental University takes a flexible approach to specialized degrees. Our short terms and individual attention help military students succeed.

  • Short, six-week terms fit the busy lives of military service members
  • We strive to balance conflicts with deadlines
  • Founders, faculty and staff realize high achievers appreciate a hands-on approach

The Tuition Assistance program is a benefit offered to eligible members from the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force as well as the Coast Guards. Each service does have their own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services once their members have been approved.

For Air Force, there will be a 100% Tuition and Fees coverage, but not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $166 per quarter credit hour or $4500 per fiscal year. For those who opt for the 75% assistance, it will not exceed $187.50 per semester credit hour or $3500 per fiscal year. This assistance would be able to cover the fees of tuition, enrollment fees, lab fees, special fees, and computer fees. Both active duty members as well as reserves are eligible for this assistance program.

The Army provides 100% assistance for tuition and fees, not exceeding $166 per quarter credit hour or $250 per semester credit hour or $4500 per fiscal year. It will be able to cover the fees for tuition, enrollment, lab, computer as well as special fees. Active duty members, army reserves, and ARNG on active duty are eligible for this assistance program.

The Navy also provides 100% assistance for tuition and fees, not exceeding $166 per quarter credit hour or $250 per semester credit hour or $4000 per fiscal year. It will be able to cover the fees for tuition, enrollment, lab, computer as well as special fees. Those who are on active duty and naval reserves in AD status are eligible for this tuition assistance program.

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