The Center for Military Education announces two new Military and Veteran Partnerships: US Army Warrant Officer Association (USAWOA) and Fleet Reserve Association (FRA).
USAWOA is an example of a new strategy to partner with organizations who serve both military and veteran members. There are approximately 22,000 active duty Army Warrant Officers currently serving and these soldiers have advanced from the enlisted ranks. Most of these soldiers have significant ACE-evaluated credit for their military education training and experiences, and must earn an associate degree (bachelor’s degree preferred) before promotion to the rank of CW3. All newly appointed Army Warrant Officers become members of USAWOA upon graduation from Army Warrant Officer Candidate School and we have the opportunity to provide each of them with information on Excelsior College. By partnering with USAWOA, Excelsior also has the opportunity to reach veterans through the many USAWOA chapters and regions across the country, many of which are close to military installations. Benefits of the partnership include advertising and featured articles in the national newsletter, promotion on the USAWOA website, participation in the local and regional chapters, and an invitation to exhibit at the annual national conference.
FRA is a congressionally charter, non-profit organization serving the interests of the Sea Service community for the U.S. Congress. The FRA is comprised of 65,000 current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard after serving 20 or more years of active duty, but, less than 30 years for retirement purposes. FRA serves as a member of various key government committees who represents five and one half million uniformed services active duty, retired, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, their families and survivors.
Both USAWOA and FRA fit the model of an organization encompassing the active duty, guard, reserve, veterans, families and survivors, the same groups that Excelsior College’s Center for Military Education supports through higher education allowing cross support of student members in these organizations.