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Back to Basics with Academic Skills Training

Back to Basics

Basic training, also known as boot camp and various other terms, prepares recruits physically, mentally and emotionally for military service. It gives them the basic tools necessary to perform their duties as a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Coast Guardsman. Throughout a typical military career, members are also required to use basic skills such as reading, vocabulary and math for performing tasks which are equally essential.

Advances in technology have revolutionized our ability to communicate instantly. However, those same advances have also impacted HOW we communicate, by replacing the fundamentals of good writing and grammar with an abbreviated language, which doesn’t necessarily align with the military standard of clear and effective communication. So, let’s get back to basics with a few of DANTES on-line training programs.

Online Skills Academic Course (OASC)

Without going back to school, how can military members “refresh” their basic skills and why is this important? The ability to write and communicate an order, critical decision, policy or plan of action is vital to the daily mission, career advancements and success in the military. The Online Skills Academic Course (OASC), offered by DANTES, teaches the concepts and skills that are needed to increase proficiency, not only in reading comprehension and vocabulary, but in math abilities as well. This is a no-cost education tool (Yes, it’s FREE) and available 24/7, anywhere there is Internet access. You begin by completing verbal and math pre-assessment lessons focusing on the areas you need to study. Once the pre-assessments are completed, a customized learning path will guide you through the lessons that have been assigned, returning to any areas that haven’t been mastered, to ensure your success.

College Placement Skills Test (CPST)

If returning to college or just getting starting is something you’ve been considering, but you aren’t quite sure about your academic skills, tune up targeted areas with the College Placement Skills Test (CPST) through DANTES. This educational tool is designed to determine your readiness with comprehensive online lessons to aid in scoring well on college-placement exams (e.g., Accuplacer, COMPASS) and college-level courses. Subject areas include college-level math, English and writing, with 116 available lessons. CPST is also available at no cost through DANTES, 24/7, anywhere there is Internet access.

Whether you’re interested in military career advancement opportunities, improving college level skills or both, registration for OASC & CPST training is quick and simple, with a generous allowance of 365 days to complete the courses.

Visit http://www.nelnetsolutions.com/DantesNet/ to register.

Prepare for the Future

As you plan for promotion, another career or your future after the military, you will likely learn that many jobs require some type of writing. Good writing skills can set you apart from others and are definitely worth the time and effort. Once you learn the basics, your skills will only get better with practice. Accept and volunteer for writing tasks with a positive attitude and share your military stories with service organizations and on your installation’s website. Your experiences, lessons learned and military tips are valuable to others, especially those who serve in your footsteps.

 

For more information on DANTES military education support programs, visit the following:

http://www.dantes.doded.mil

http://dantespulse.dodlive.mil/

https://www.facebook.com/DANTES.DoD/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/dantes—defense-activity-for-non-traditional-education-support

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Kirstin Savage

Kirstin Savage serves as the command customer service specialist for the Communications Division and develops and delivers multimedia outreach products. With more than 20 years of service in the DANTES Examinations Program and Troops to Teachers, she was awarded the CCME William E. Kennedy Award in 2012 for her superior efforts. From Washington State, she is a cooking enthusiast and enjoys family, friends and traveling.