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UPDATE: TA Remains Suspended

Even though the majority of DoD civilian employees have returned to work on the 7th of October, TA funds are still not available since Congress has not passed a funding bill. Senior leadership of the Army is fully aware of and concerned about the impact on Soldiers as the Army Continuing Education System (ACES) office reports daily the number of Soldiers who are denied TA along with the number of courses that are un-funded. Denied TA requests for classes with start dates during the budget impasse period will not be reinstated or reimbursed. Once Congress passes the budget, only those classes with start dates after TA has been reinstated will be approved. We do not anticipate any lag between the time of the Congressional budget approval and the re-instatement of TA. We regret the impact this is having on Soldiers.

Since we do not know how much time will pass before funding is approved, we recommend that you consider studying for academic tests (CLEP, DSSTs) that can give you college credit. While DANTES funded exams are also suspended due to the budget impasse you can still prepare for the tests and take them when funding is restored. Retests are not funded so it is important that you prepare well for the exams. Additionally, we encourage you to sign up for the free online career exploration program, Kuder Journey at This account provides Soldiers lifetime privileges and has valuable information on many topics, e.g., assessment instruments, careers and job searches. Tens of thousands of these accounts will expire the end of December if they are not activated.

Visit to locate the nearest Army Education Center/Education Office for more information.