College of the American Soldier: Credits for combat arms MOSs
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According the SOC website, CAS was developed to “identify specific college and university degree programs that
enhance Soldiers’ leadership and warfighting capabilities and grow the multi-skilled NCO characteristics.”

CAS degree programs are open to Soldiers of any MOS. However, they offer Soldiers in combat arms specialties
in particular the best opportunity to earn credit from their military training. The Army has pre-negotiated the
amount of credit to be awarded by CAS institutions for NCOES courses, but students are limited to certain
business- and management-related degree programs designed to leverage the leadership skills an enlisted
Soldier acquires while in service.

There are two programs that fall under the College of the American Soldier: the Career NCO Degrees Program
and the Enlisted Education Program. (Click for a complete list of degrees offered through each program.) The
Career NCO Degrees Program maximizes credit for military training and education, minimizes residency
requirements and allows for flexibility of completion time to provide NCOs with degree options not tied to an MOS.
The Enlisted Education Program offers entry-level Soldiers in Career Management Fields 11 (infantry), 13
(artillery), 14 (air defense artillery) and 19 (armor) the opportunity to achieve an associate’s degree during their
first term of enlistment.
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“There have been problems in the past with colleges accepting credit, and I was a prime example of that,” said
Colimon, a retired sergeant major. “At one point when I was in uniform, I had well over 180 hours of
recommended credit, but I still didn’t have a degree. The schools said, ‘We can only give you 40 out of your
180.’ Now, through the College of the American Soldier, we negotiate the credit upfront. An NCO who has
completed the Advanced Leader Course, the Senior Leader Course, Structured Self-Development and so on
must be given a certain number of credit hours [from a CAS institution] toward a specific degree program. So
there is no guessing game when they present their paperwork to the school.”

In CAS degree programs, Soldiers receive credit for the training and experience they’ve gained as part of their
Army careers, including Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, the Warrior Leader Course, ALC
and SLC. In addition, there are three universities that give credit toward a master’s degree for completion of
the Sergeants Major Course through the College of the American Soldier Advanced Degree Program.
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College of the American Soldier: Credits for combat arms MOSs

Some career management fields, such as medically or technically oriented ones, provide training that closely
mirrors a civilian college classroom, allowing Soldiers to earn a greater amount of credit. Soldiers with an MOS in
infantry or artillery, on the other hand, are given a great deal of training, but their areas of expertise do not relate
to a particular civilian degree. To remedy this, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command created the College of
the American Soldier as an extension of the
SOCAD program.