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Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) classes, part of the Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) program, provide Soldiers with on-duty instruction in reading and math. The goal is to improve job performance, prepare Soldiers for more advanced schooling, increase reenlistment options and enhance trainability.

The Peterson’s Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) is the primary curriculum used for BSEP classes and can be found at www.petersons.com/dantes. This curriculum standardizes the BSEP program Army-wide. It also offers a self-study online program for Soldiers who are unable to attend a classroom environment. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is required to assess the need for basic skills program. Peterson’s OASC is open to all Service Members, DoD Civilians and adult Family Members. DACs and adult Family Members may attend classes on a space-available basis.

The Peterson’s OASC program supports the following modes of instruction:
  • Classroom: Select either a 40 or 60 hour format of instruction
  • Self-Study: Ending date will be no more than one year from the start date

The majority of Soldiers participate in BSEP classes to increase their General Technical (GT) score. If a Soldier has successfully completed the Peterson’s OASC, AFCT should be scheduled as soon as possible. If you are an On-Duty Program Manager for your Education Center/Education Office, you will create on-duty classes in GoArmyEd, enroll participating Soldiers, print class rosters and view on-duty reports in Data Warehouse (DW).