Enlisted members of the US Army have different programs available to assist them with their education. The Army Flexible Education program is a strategic partnership that certifies that the degrees offered and certificates granted by the program will meet basic mandatory guidelines. This is an Army sponsored flexible study program designed to help match Army personnel with educational objectives, through a strategic agreement and partnership. The Defense Acquisition University can assist in getting practical Army experience qualified for college credit, and help with matching up practical Army experiences with actual college credit.
Much of what the DAU and Army Flexible Education program is consists of a type of clearinghouse program, that helps match the individual Servicemember to his or her ideal college career path. At the level of Undergraduate, students can transfer up to half of the credits needed for a particular certificate or up to 90 semester hours toward a specific undergraduate degree or bachelors degree. The program assists in offering programs for: graduate certificates, graduate degrees undergraduate certificates, and undergraduate degrees. At the graduate level things are stricter, but it is still possible to transfer up to six credit of practical Army educational experience toward a graduate level degree. The program has partnered with a number of institutions including the University of Maryland, and Maryland University College. Much of this program is available through distance learning, both using correspondence courses and over the Internet. There are some special programs for graduate level credit that sometimes will accept more credits, but they are very restricted and difficult to get into. There is a basic agreement that all current, former and future DAU students will be able to work in the program to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates at one of the sponsoring educational institutions.
The Army Flexible Education Program is one option to check out what is available, and to even start to attend classes over the Internet before you leave the military. In addition there are a number of other facilities and locations for in person education located around the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, and other various locations around the world where the U.S. Army serves. The Army works to keep the program accessible for usage by a broad spectrum of Army personnel.