The Army Continuing Education System (ACES) Mission is to vigorously promote lifelong learning opportunities to sharpen the competitive edge of the Army by providing and managing quality self-development programs and services. Our vision is to revolutionize and lead Department of Defense education…Spearhead a lifelong learning culture to strengthen a mission ready force. ACES is committed to excellence in education service, innovation and deployability. In addition, ACES has been providing quality education support for over 50 years to Soldiers and their Family Members.
Part of ACES responsibilities includes the operation of the Education Center, the Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP), the Learning Center, and the Testing Center. Here at Fort Benning, we are part of what is called the Fort Benning Hub. The Hub concept incorporates the operations of ACES at Fort Benning, Fort Rucker, Redstone Arsenal, and Eglin AFB.
Address & Operating Hours:
Army Education Center
8150 Marne Road
Fort Benning, GA 31905
M, T, W, F: 0730-1630
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The Army Education Center provides assistance to Soldiers and their adult Family Members in developing long and short term educational/professional plans for personal development and growth. Education Counselors are available to assist with assessing strengths and promoting opportunities for growth based on interests and experience. On a daily basis, Education Counselors work with Soldiers on getting set up for and using their Tuition Assistance through the ArmyIgnitED portal, in-processing, out-processing, GI Bill questions, financial aid opportunities, local and non-local college information, degree plan options, and more. If it is related to college education, bring it to the Education Center and get questions answered.
The Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) provides tutored sessions to help Soldiers master mathematical, reading, and writing skills required by their Army jobs. Sometimes BSEP is also known as Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST). These courses vary in length and delivery, based on the needs and developmental level of the Soldier. Soldiers can enroll at any time as long as there is space available.
BSEP/FAST serves as a Commander's primary on-duty education program. While on duty, it is an opportunity for Soldiers to study and increase their education skills. Upon completion, Soldiers can re-take various Army personnel tests that can assist in changing MOS fields, applying for opportunities and programs such as Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer School, Green-to-Gold, the Physician Assistant (PA) program, etc and other opportunities. Soldiers are also able to take the course using it as personal opportunity to further their personal educational goals and/or college readiness goals.
The Army Testing Center is home of testing services, to include both academic testing and Army personnel testing. Testing is done on an appointment basis and can be scheduled over the phone or in person. Some tests are scheduled regularly on specific dates. Testing services are mainly available for Soldiers; however, they can be made available for Family Members and Civilians.
Army Personnel Testing (APT) offered at the Testing Center includes: TABE (The Adult Basic Education) tests, SIFT - Selection Instrument for Flight Training, AFCT - Armed Forces Classification Test, DLAB - Defense Language Aptitude Battery, DLPT - Defense Language Proficiency Test (call 706-545-8306 for current language options), and OPI - Oral Proficiency Interviews. For more information about APT, contact the Testing Center at 706-545-8306.
If interested in taking PearsonVue (Professional Certification), proctored exams, CLEP or DSST exams, please contact the local National Testing Center site managed by Troy University. The telephone number is: 706-660-2318.
SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT tests are not offered at the Testing Centers. However, Soldiers can schedule these online through the respective test sites and request reimbursement through DANTES if they are eligible.
All Transitioning Soldiers and Family members who are planning to attend college or trade school upon departing from military service are highly encouraged to attend the two-day Higher Education Track class conducted at the Soldier for Life Center, Bldg 9230. The course covers valuable detailed information regarding career and degree choices, college selection factors, understanding all funding options and the college admission process. Please call 706-545-7397 for more info.
Career Skills Programs (CSPs) offer employment skills training opportunities to Soldiers preparing to transition (within 180 days of ETS) from military to civilian employment. CSPs are vocational and technical training programs that focus on the practical application of learned skills, and can lead to employment in a specific career or technical trade. The 5 types of CSPs are; Credentialing, Apprenticeships, Internships, On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Job Shadowing. Please call 706-545-2308 or 2309 or visit http://www.benning.army.mil/garrison/dhr/sfl-tap/CSP.html for more info.
|Education Center||706-545-7397||Bldg. 9230, Main Lobby|
|Basic Skills Education Program||706-545-8096||Bldg. 9230, Room 1354|
|Testing Center||706-545-8306||Bldg. 9230, Room 1392|
|Central Texas College||706-682-7300||Bldg. 9230, Room 1320|
|Columbus State University||706-507-8825||Bldg. 9230, Room 1327|
|Columbus Technical College||706-649-1914||Bldg. 9230, Room 1304|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University||706-505-1101||Bldg. 9230, Room 1306|
|Troy University||706-660-2331||Bldg. 9230, Room 1325|
|Fort Benning Hub Satellites|
|Fort Rucker||334-255-2925||Fort Rucker, AL|
|Redstone Arsenal||256-876-9761||Huntsville, AL|
|Eglin Air Force Base||850-885-4998||Eglin AFB, FL|
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. In order to transfer benefits to spouses and/or dependents, a Soldier must apply through the DoD transferability application website (https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/) to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. After DoD has made the determination that your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits, you must submit an "Application for Education Benefits" with the VA who will process the application and make payment.
According to Army Regulation 621-5, Tuition Assistance is not available for spouses to use. However, the Education Center often has information available for spouses in regards to different programs that are available that do offer some funding assistance.
In both cases, a Soldier's Tuition Assistance per fiscal year is only good for that year. This money cannot be transferred to spouses.
To get the most current information in regards to becoming an Officer, visit the Education Center or go online to http://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html
There are computers for general usage available at the Army Education Center during its normal operational hours.
In order to get credit for military experience, you will need to get a Joint Services Transcript (JST) sent to the school that you are attending. You can do this by visiting the JST website at: https://jst.doded.mil/. Once your home school receives your JST, they will do an evaluation and award you credit where applicable.
The local school that offers Green to Gold is Columbus State University at 706-507-8031 or 706-507-8805.