Army National Guard
General Educational Development (GED) Plus Program
What is it? The Army National
Guard (ARNG) General Educational Development (GED) Plus program was
implemented in January 2006. The program has a resident school located at
the National Guard Professional Education Center (PEC), on Camp Robinson,
in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Students experience both a military basic
training and a structured academic environment. To attend, the student
must complete ninth grade and be withdrawn from high school for at least
six months. Applicants must be 18 years old or be otherwise ineligible to
return to their local high school. In addition, the student must be fully
qualified for enlistment and achieve a minimum Armed Forces Qualification
Test (AFQT) score of 31 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
What are the accomplishments?
In FY07 the GED Plus program tested 1942 students with 1422 passing for a
73% success rate. An instructional lab was added starting FY08. During
FY08 the GED Plus program tested 2572 students with 2457 passing for a
success rate of 96%. The increase in success rate from 73% in FY07 to 96%
in FY08 was due in part to implementing an instructional lab and modifying
instructional techniques. Current FY09 GED Plus program numbers are as of
1 December 2008: 244 students tested with 239 passing for a FY09 success
rate of 98%.
What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
Construction began in October 2008 on an $18.4 million GED Plus training
complex at PEC. This facility will allow the program an annual throughput
of approximately 7,500 students.
The GED Plus program is part of the initial entry training (IET) process
as recruits ship directly to basic training once they successfully pass
the GED test.
The program will also collect and analyze data to determine the success
rate of GED Plus students completing their Military Occupational Skill
Why is this important to the Army National Guard?
According to the 2007 GED Testing Program Statistical Report, 1.23 million
students fail to graduate from high school each year and approximately 39
million adults in the United States (18 percent of the U.S. population)
have not earned a high school diploma. This program has the potential to
qualify thousands of new recruits for enlistment in the Army National
Revised on 18 December 2008