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College of the American Soldier

Creating academic opportunities to reinforce training and provide theoretical structure are central to developing an environment
where life-long learning is valued. The Army's College of the American Soldier is another initiative that supports this concept. this
program is an enduring training and education partnership between the Army and participating colleges and universities focused
on expanding existing civilian education support for our Soldiers and leaders; an optimum balance of training and education that
accelerates the development of adaptive, broadly-skilled NCO leaders for 21st Century challenges. Continued civilian education
helps develop confident, broadly-skilled, and adaptive leaders with enhanced competencies and improved capabilities earlier in
their career. The flexibility of the program also encourages a lifelong 14 learning strategy because there is no time limit for
completion; a critical element for an Army at war. In support of the College of the American Soldier, INCOPD has entered into a
collaborative relationship with the American Council on Education to improve access to academic credit for PME courses and
examinations taken outside traditional degree programs.

The CAS Army Program is aimed at maximizing potential college credit for a Soldier's military training and education. Targeted
toward the NCO Corps. it works with Service Members Opportunity Colleges member schools to make it possible for a Soldier
to retire with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree on American Council on Education (ACE) - recommended
credit for military training and education and the completion of college classes.

Partnership is critical to give our Soldiers/Leaders all the benefits of a higher education contributing to the development of adaptive
and innovative successes.

Additional Information listed below

List of CAS Colleges
Army Posture Statement for CAS