Advanced Education Program

AEP supports Army goals by: 1. Encouraging NCOs to obtain an advanced degree in a field related to their branch or functional area by taking part in off-duty educational programs. 2. To educate selected NCOs on a full-time basis for an advanced degree. 3. To retain quality NCOs by allowing them to attend Graduate school in return for an additional Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) in 4. To educate NCOs. These are the opportunities offered through the AAC AEP’S for FA51 Officers/NCO’s
https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/protect/branches/officer/LeaderDev/CivSchool/index.htm

Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS). Applicants are board selected

Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program provides opportunities for non commissioned officers to pursue advanced degree programs at civilian universities on a full-time, fully funded basis. Our goal is to ensure Acquisition Corps officers receive the best and most appropriate graduate degrees available in a timely and cost effective manner. The Acquisition Management Branch (AMB), Army Human Resources Command (HRC), receives ACS quotas annually. To fill these quotas, selection boards are conducted annually, usually in April and August, however, when necessary additional will be held. Individuals apply and are selected for ACS approximately 6-12 months prior to their proposed start date of graduate school. https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/protect/branches/officer/FS/Acquisition/Advance_Education_Programs.htm

DCP – Applicants are board selected

DCP enables selected non-commissioned officers to complete degree requirements at accredited civilian colleges and universities as a resident full-time student; achieve the minimum educational goals set by the Army; and pursue graduate studies in academic disciplines that supports the designated specialties and meet Army requirements. NCO’s taking part in the DCP will do so in the minimum uninterrupted time required, normally 12 months, to complete all degree requirements. Transfer from one degree to another is not authorized. Enrollment into DCP will not exceed 18 months. Study leading to a degree in law, religion, theology or Medically sponsored programs of study are not covered by this program or its governing regulation.