Department of Military Affairs
10 Bataan Blvd Rm# 436
Santa Fe, NM 87508
The Education Office is located at the JFHQ building on the third floor
ESO (Education Services Officer):
TCO (Test Control Officer):
|MAJ Sharon Aragon
|Incentive Manager/ATCO (Alternate Test Control Officer):
All incentive inquiries must go through your RNCO
|1LT Nils Stansen
|FTA Manager (Federal Tuition Assistance):
STA Manager (State Tuition Assistance):
|CSM (ret) Richard A Bryant
FTA (Federal Tuition Assistance): ESS GAE DAC [Education Services Specialist GoArmyEd Department of the Army Civilian]:
||SGT Robert Famiglietta
|SLRP Manager (Student Loan Repayment):
GI Bill/Kicker Manager:
ETP Manager (Exception to Policy-Incentives):
|SFC Dominic Sanchez
|Incentives/Bonuses: All Bonus inquiries are addressed through your Readiness NCO.|
Q: I am ready to begin school. Where do I start?
Q: I have already started school. I have been taking core curriculum classes. I now need a positive direction. Where do I go from here?
Q: I have been in school for a while now. I don't like what I am doing. I feel I am spinning my wheels and need a new direction. Where do I go from here?
A: The answer to all of these question and more reside in the chronological steps below.
eDISCOVER- Whether you are new to college or are a returning student, the most import question may be lingering in your head, "What degree should I go for?" Rather than aimlessly wandering through the proverbial hallways of education blindfolded, I suggest you utilize eDISCOVER to provide you focus and direction.
eDISCOVER will allow you to conduct an Interest, Abilities, & Values Assessment that will provide you career path direction based on your likes and strengths. It can also provide a list of SOC colleges that may be well suited for you, as well as, a self inventory, resume builder, and job search. In essence eDISCOVER is an all around perfect tool to begin with if you are thinking about going back to school and are looking for direction.
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CLEP & DANTES Testing-Why should you spend 3 months in a classroom or hours on a computer in order to gain college credit if you do not need to? CLEP or College Level Examination Program and DANTES or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support are both examination programs available to Soldiers that can provide college credit for many undergraduate courses. These can be taken at most Universities. Usually a fee is involved. However, you can take them on Kirtland Airforce Base for free. The NMARNG Education Office will be searching for more free test sites.
Suggestions for CLEP & DANTES Testing:
1. Do study- You may be required a certain score to past the test and yet a higher score in order for your IHL (Institution of Higher Learning) to accept it.
2. Recon!- Find out which tests your IHL will accept.
3. Some schools may give the test for free but have a small sitting fee. Some charge full price. Some testing sites can give you scores immediately and some come a couple of weeks after you take the test. Recon!
- How many college credits do you have right now? Zero, you say. Negative, Soldier! Buck up and check your military transcript. The AARTS has been replaced by the JST (Joint Services Transcript).
What benefit is an JST transcript?
- Saves time and money: Based on a survey conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE). This saves tuition dollars and classroom time.
- Provides a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language.
- Serves as a counseling tool for academic and career counselors in advising Soldiers and Veterans.
- Serves as an aid in preparing resumes and explaining Army work experience to civilian employers.
In a nutshell the JST transcript is an official transcript that converts your military training into college credit by matching the cirriculum from your military school with cirriculum standards from the American Council on Education (ACE). Most schools will take this transcript and give you credit if it applies to your degree plan. However, the school does not have to. Hence, the need for recon and the importance of the PEC Edcuation Counselor Degree Planning cannot be stressed enough.
Type of information included on your JST Transcript.
- Courses: AIT, PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, any MOS-, SQI- or ASI-producing course, all formal army school (resident) training (courses conducted at the various army training facilities throughout the US and some foreign countries—i.e., Academy of Health Sciences at Ft. Sam Houston; MP School at Ft. McClellan or Ft. Leonard Wood)
- MOSs: Any MOS that you served in an unofficial capacity or held while a member of another military service (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, etc.)
DEGREE PLANNING- [NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT PEC]
AT YOUR COLLEGE (IHL)- Steps for success!
GI Bill- You typically have four different GI Bills which you can earn benefits for.
VA Website for all GI Bill Pamphlets
- Chapter 1606- [The Montgomery Gi Bill-Selected Reserve]-To qualify for this entitlement you need to have: 1. High School Diploma 2. Completion of AIT 3. 6 year contract with ARNG
- Chapter 1607-[REAP: Reserve Educational Assistance Program]-To qualify for this entitlement you need to be a National Guard Soldier who Served on Active Duty (AD) for 90 consecutive days or more; or performed full-time National Guard duty under section 502 (f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the President and supported by Federal funds (currently the only 502 (f) that qualifies are orders that specifically state “Operation Noble Eagle”). Prior to 1 AUG 2011 the same AD time provided dual eligibility for CH 33 and CH 1607. After 1 AUG 2011 you need to make an election to determine which program you wish your qualifying AD time to be counted towards.
-Chapter 30-[Montgomery GI Bill]- To qualify for this entitlement you must have contributed $1,200 into the program while you were on AD status.
-[Post 9/11 Gi Bill]- To qualify for this entitlement you need to be a Service Member who Served on Active Duty (AD) for 90 consecutive days or more; or performed full-time National Guard duty under section 502 (f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the President and supported by Federal funds (currently the only 502 (f) that qualifies are orders that specifically state “Operation Noble Eagle”) after September 10, 2011. Prior to 1 AUG 2011 the same AD time provided dual eligibility for CH 33 and CH 1607. After 1 AUG 2011 you need to make an election to determine which program you wish your qualifying AD time to be counted towards.
To see what you are eligible for please call, visit, or email the Education Office. The Education Office can complete a benefits worksheet and email it to you.
GRADUATION- Remember, once you have taken all of your classes, you are not done! You must apply for graduation with your IHL. Once you have graduated you need to pay (most cases) for an OFFICIAL transcript. It needs to be sent directly to the Education Office at the address above. We must receive your degree in a sealed envelop from the college. If it is opened, you have just wasted your money because we cannot accept it! The education office will update your iPERMS so that the proper coding is reflected for your military records. The same procedure needs to be followed if you have earned credits, have not graduated, and wish to update your military record for NCO promotion points or OCS eligibility.
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Every 2nd Monday closed (RDO)
All Federal Holidays closed
BY RESEVATION ONLYAFCT / DLPT / SIFT1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
Test Begin/Doors lock: 0715
(All times/dates are subject to change without notice)
Email the Education Office to schedule your test or call one of the numbers on the left. Subject line of email should read: AFCT / DLPT / SIFT Test Request.
AFCT Testing is now computerized only! AFAST is no longer available. This test has been converted to the SIFT. NMARNG is NOW capable of providing this test. Updated 20140204