21st Civil Support Team

Fort Dix, NJ

Members of the New Jersey Army National Guard's Quick Reaction Force prepare to enter Meadowlands Stadium prior to an NFL playoff game. The 21st CST keeps the citizens of New Jersey safe by supporting local and state authorities with meticulous inspections of potential terrorist targets.

Other Education Benefits

"If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" -
General George Patton Jr.

Army eLearning
State-of-the-Art Computer Based Training (CBT) System that provides free access to over 1,500 Information Technology, Business Skills, and Interpersonal Skills courses. Some courses are approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to award college credit and they do count for promotion points. usarmy.skillport.com.

GoArmyEd supports Active Duty, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard as a one-stop Web site that allows Soldiers, Army Education Counselors, and schools to conduct business for all education needs in a seamless Soldier-centric environment. Guard Soldiers can register for college courses or on-duty classes and review their student records 24x7. GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online, anytime, anywhere for classroom and distance learning. GoArmyEd also standardizes services at all Education Centers and supports the Army's mobile Soldier base. Ready access to Soldier information allows counselors to help Soldiers wherever they are deployed. www.goarmyed.com.

Joint Services Transcript (JST)
A JST transcript contains a record of all of the Soldier’s military educational experiences, including those for which there are evaluated college credit recommendations. This document helps college registrars award college credit for learning experiences gained while in the military, provides a supplement to a Soldier’s résumé, and provides employers with a good understanding of the scope of responsibilities and skills acquired while serving in the military. Acceptance of American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations varies depending on an institution’s policies, procedures, and degree requirements. To request a transcript visit the JTS web site at jst.doded.mil or visit ACE Military Guide.

Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers (TTT) provides referral assistance and placement service to military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, interested in beginning a second career as a teacher in K-12 public education. The DANTES Troops to Teacher office helps registrants identify teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification, employment opportunities, and financial aid for eligible participants. Financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to $5K to help pay for teacher certification costs or as bonuses of $10K to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. Participants who accept the Stipend or Bonus must agree to teach for three years in targeted schools in accordance with the authorizing legislation. For more information go to www.proudtoserveagain.com.

Apprenticeships and OJT Programs
This is an opportunity to gain civilian employment while in the National Guard. Several states have programs that equate to civilian jobs. Army National Guard members may be able to be paid their GI Bill benefits while working in their civilian job. Military skills that are registered apprenticeships occupations are jobs in fields such as mechanics, installers and repairers, medical technicians, therapists, computer network engineers and web site developers, and many, many others. For more information refer to Apprenticeships and OJT.

Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL)
This resource is for soldiers who want to know what civilian credentials relate to their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and how to obtain them. COOL explains how National Guard Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements related to their MOS. The COOL website is located at www.cool.army.mil.

DoD Education Resources
The US Army General Library Program and Peterson’s provide free access to a comprehensive education program which helps you prepare for important exams and plan your career. At this website you can review study materials and access practice tests for various exams (i.e. ASVAB, Military Flight Aptitude Test, Officer Candidate Tests, Academic Skills, CLEP and DSST). For more information go to www.nelnetsolutions.com/dod.

Joint Language University
The Joint Language University is a language training portal serving the U.S. Government. Whether you want to acquire, maintain, enhance, or refresh your language skills, we have the materials you need. Explore the site and see what they have to offer. Not ready to commit? No problem! They have opened a selection of the catalog materials to the general public. For more information go to https://jlu.wbtrain.com.

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