Education & Incentives
Army Guard Education Services Mission Statement: The Tennessee Army National Guard Education Services Team strives to provide outstanding service and a clear understanding of the continuing education benefits available to our Soldiers and their families. We can assist with questions regarding use of Montgomery GI Bill, Federal Tuition Assistance, Loan Repayment Plans, Incentives and Bonuses. We are an approved Army Personnel Testing (APT) facility for AFCT, SIFT, DLPT/DLRPT/DLAB/OPI and DANTES. Let us answer your questions today!
Education Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Incentive Managers Email: email@example.com
Tennessee STRONG Act
The Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen) Act establishes a pilot program to provide eligible members of the Tennessee National Guard tuition funding toward a first time bachelor degree for the next four years through a tuition reimbursement program. The STRONG Act provides educational opportunities for those who protect and serve our state and country and supports the Drive to 55 goal of equipping 55 percent of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate by 2025.
A federally funded program administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and military services. Each GI Bill program has a maximum of 36 months of full-time benefits, but can be combined with other GI Bill programs for a total of 48 months.
Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers may be eligible for any of the following GI Bill Programs:
Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve)
Chapter 1607 (Reserve Education Assistance Program)
Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty)
Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) - May be transferable to dependents - click here to learn how to transfer to dependents
For more information visit the GI Bill website at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
GI Bill: 615-313-0529
Army Guard- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
The Army National Guard (ARNG) Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Program provides financial assistance to part-time Soldiers in support of their professional and personal self-development goals. Currently, funding FTA is 100% of a member’s tuition and authorized fees.
Soldiers can use FTA for a variety of degrees including Secondary School Diploma or its equivalency (GED); Certificate (undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, licensure); Associate; Baccalaureate (undergraduate); Master’s or First Professional (graduate).
For eligibility, tuition assistance rates and application information, visit www.GoArmyEd.com to learn how to use this valuable benefit today!
Army Guard- Student Loan Repayment (SLRP)
Soldiers who have an existing student loan obligation, not in default, at the time of enlistment or re-enlistment in the Army National Guard.
This is a once in a career incentive and may pay up to $50,000.00 for a six year military service obligation. Discuss this incentive with your Retention NCO and read the SLRP addendum carefully before signing. Ensure you know what you have to do to keep this incentive!
To access your required National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) information use the attached slides or visit the NSLDS website at:
Army Guard Bonuses and Incentives
Your duty MOS or current UIC may qualify for a bonus!
Soldiers with less than 13 years of service upon their current ETS may reenlist for a cash bonus in the following amounts providing they meet all the necessary requirements.
Re-enlist for six years may receive $12,000.00
Re-enlist for two years may receive $4,000.00
Contact your Unit Command Team and Retention NCO for the most current policy information. Review the bonus addendum carefully before you sign it!! This ensures you know what you need to do to maintain your eligibility as you serve your new contract.
Army Personnel Testing (APT): APT encompasses standardized tests to determine eligibility for specialized training and to support the Army's personnel selection and classification process, including language proficiency testing. (Reference: AR 611-5)
What Tests Are Available? APT offers career-enhancing exam options, such as:
Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT)
Selection Instrument Flight Training (SIFT)
Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
Defense Language Reading Proficiency Test (DLRPT)
Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB)
Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
For more information visit the HRC testing website at: https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Army%20Personnel%20Testing or contact: email@example.com
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Testing: DANTES offers free college entrance exams as well as high school equivalency exams and college credit equivalency exams to assist Soldiers in their academic pursuits.
Below are the tests ARNG Soldiers may take:
General Education Development (GED)
Entry level exams to Colleges (ACT, SAT)
Entry level exams to Graduate Schools (GMAT, GRE)
Teacher Certification Exams (Praxis)
College credit equivalency exams (CLEP, DSST)
CW4 Mary Deel / Education Services Officer - (615) 313-0625
SGM Jamie Clark / Education / Incentive NCOIC - (615) 313-0692
MSG Ott Chanthara / Senior Incentive Manager - (615) 313-3123
SSG Cody Clark / Senior Incentive Manager - (615) 313-0577
SPC Joshua Buckley / Incentive Manager - (615) 313-0646
SPC Jordan Morrell / Incentive Manager - (615) 313-2692
SSG Bethel Walling / FTA & SLRP - (615) 313-0592
SSG Joseph Baydoun / State Tuition Assistance Outreach NCO - (615) 313-2697
SFC Chad Lee / Army State Tuition Assistance Manager - (615) 313-0737
SFC Stephen Biase / Army State Tuition Assistance Manager - (615) 313-0737
MSgt Joseph Wilson / Air Guard State Tuition Assistance Manager - (615) 313-0849
Ms. Stephanie Vaughn / GI Bill Manager/ Testing - (615) 313-0529
Mr. James McClanahan- Education Services Specialist / FTA / Testing - (615) 313-0604