Training ARNG soldiers involves unique challenges such as geographic dispersion, competing civilian employment demands and travel costs. Army National Guard Soldiers have many military training opportunities.
Distributed Learning (DL) is a growing program in the ARNG that uses information age technologies to overcome some of the training challenges. DL helps increase the number of soldiers trained and therefore supports the readiness of ARNG units.
The Army National Guard encourages Soldiers to be life-long learners and makes available a number of resources designed to help Soldiers identify educational goals and provide resources to aid in their pursuit. Often, those goals may be closer than expected, because many military courses and specialties can be credited toward a degree.
The Education Support Center can assist Soldiers in evaluating existing credits and assessing their military experience. The links on the right can help soldiers toward enhancing both civilian and military education. Soldiers can also contact their local State Education Services Officer for assistance and counseling with their voluntary civilian education.
- GI Bill Information
Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, Chapter 33. This new GI Bill benefit is to reward Title 10 active duty service performed on or after September 11, 2001. Veterans, enlisted and officers who are entitled to this benefit will be eligible for the cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution. (The percentage of benefit is based on length of active duty service.)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is now accepting applications for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. DVA is not authorized to begin making payments to Soldiers until August 1, 2009; however, they are collecting applications in an attempt to issue as many Certificates of Eligibility as possible prior to the official start date. A revised version of the VA Form 22-1990 specifically designed for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be found on the VA website. These applications are intended to establish eligibility only for Soldiers and Veterans. This application is not intended for transferability.
Transferability. If you are a member of the Armed Forces on August 1, 2009, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children. DoD and the military services will issue policy on entitlement to transferability in the coming months.
Visit the VA website. or call 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551) for up-to-date information.
- Federal Benefits
The Army National Guard is a military service with a mission to support and defend not only the Constitution of the United States, but also that of individual States. Therefore, as a member of the Army National Guard you are also a member of the "Reserve Components" and particularly a reserve of the Army. As a member of the ARNG, you may qualify for numerous federal education benefits; some unique to the ARNG and others as a part of the Army or Reserve Components team. ARNG soldiers, their family members, and employees of the ARNG are eligible for a variety of Federal Education benefits to assist in the pursuit of higher education objectives.
Some of these benefits include:
- Reserve GI Bill ( Ch 1606)
- Active Duty GI Bill (Ch 30)
- Mobilization GI Bill (Ch 1607)
- ARNG GI Bill Kicker
- Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
- Healthcare Professional’s Loan Repayment (HPLR)
- Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarships
- Dedicated ARNG ROTC Scholarships
- SOC GUARD
- Free Testing, Certification and Licensing
- Troops to Teachers
- Army e-Learning Program (Smart Force)
- Army Academic Training Transcripts (AARTS)
- ducational Counseling
- Degree Planning
- Apprenticeship & OJT programs
- ARNG Education Support Center (ESC)
- Army Vocational/Technical Soldier Program (AVOTEC)
Contact your ARNG State Education Office for more information.
The ARNG Distributed Learning Program
The ARNG DL Program, a component of The Army DL Program (TADLP), provides multiple distributed learning methods and technologies to improve the readiness of Soldiers and units through the flexible delivery of standardized individual and collective training at the point of need. The Training Systems Integration Branch (a branch in the Training Division, G-3, Army National Guard Directorate) is the Office of Primary Responsibility for the ARNG DL Program.
The Training Systems Integration Branch uses Guard Knowledge Online as our main media outlet to provide contacts, file sharing, collaboration, and extensive information about our Branch and the ARNG DL Program.
The ARNG DL Program is comprised of the following elements:
Distributed Learning Content Development
We manage the processes to nominate. produce, and sustain DL contenet for ARNG training requirements. Our DL content is focused on Guard-specific needs, with emphasis on training for functional and readiness requirements. And, when needed, we produce content for DMOSQ training and PME in collaboration with Army proponents. We also collaborate with TRADOC to develop apps for mobile devices.
We manage GuardU
, a web-based portal that provides Soldiers, units, training institutions, and States with an online environment for directed learning and self-development. Trainers use GuardU to assemble, manage, deliver, and document training using instructor-led, collaborative, and self-paced learning methods.
Distributed Learning Capabilities
We plan, coordinate, and manage a Federal program that provides States with distributed learning capabilities, which includes fixed and mobile DL Classrooms connected to the Internet. Each classroom has networked computer workstations, audio/video equipment, and video teletraining capabilities. We collaborate with TADLP and TRADOC to evaluate the use of mobile devices for military training and operations.
Army National Guard Directorate
111 S. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22204-1382