The US Army has different educational programs that assist a Servicemember to transition from the military to college or university education. One of the programs that is very effective is the DAU Flexible Education Program. The Defense Acquisition University is a flexible study program that works to match educational objectives to Army personnel. The Army works to match Army Servicemembers with educational programs using a partnership and strategic agreement. It establishes a basic agreement between the principals involved and gives them the ability to work to earn graduate and undergraduate degrees and earn educational credits at sponsoring institutions.
The Army program assists in offering programs and certificates from sponsoring educational institutions. The Army Flexible Education Program is a partnership between sponsoring educational institutions and the Servicemembers in a large number of vocational, technical and educational programs. The programs are offered in graduate, undergraduate and professional degrees. There are programs in correspondence, in person training and distance learning opportunities. In addition the program partners a number of institutions including the Maryland University College and the University of Maryland, as well as a number of locations and other facilities. These are almost exclusively located around Washington D.C. and the greater metropolitan area.
Much of the Army Flexible Education program consists of DAU and other type clearinghouse programs, that help match the Servicemember to his college or degree career path. The Army supports the Defense Acquisition program to help Army personnel garner full credit for their duty experiences, as well as assisting Army personnel to match up their Army Experiences with undergraduate credit. At the higher graduate level, getting college credit for Army experiences is more difficult but there are still situations where credit can be obtained for service. The Army Flexible Education is one program in education that gives a Servicemember practical assistance in starting an educational program, and it serves as an entry point for many different Servicemembers to begin their educational program. Many Service personnel find that after starting a DAU flexible education program in the Army that transitioning to full time college coursework is a lot easier as they began the process while still on active duty.
With the advent of distance learning many Army prior servicemembers use the DAU program to map out their educational program and then transfer into full time college attendance when their enlistment is up.