Under the direction of our Nation’s leaders, the U.S. Army is undertaking its latest mission to increase its total size by approximately 17,000 Soldiers by Sept. 30, 2018. What does this mean? It means the Army is hiring – and in a big way.
However, a hiring boom does not mean hiring just anyone. The Army invests heavily in its Soldiers, and candidates must be physically healthy, mentally resilient and have strong moral character. For those who join the Army, there are exceptional growth opportunities available to them.
As one of the country’s largest supporters of secondary education opportunities, the Army not only supports its Soldiers’ educational aspirations, but also provides opportunities for students at all stages of their educational journeys. The Army supports students whether they are in graduate school, enrolled in technical colleges and internship programs, or are unsure of their next step after high school.
One way the Army supports Soldiers’ career and educational growth is through the Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program (COOL). COOL allows Soldiers to seek out credentials through licensure, certifications and apprenticeships as they work in their given career fields. Credentialing is important as it can contribute not only to Soldiers’ military career development, but it also makes them attractive prospects to civilian employers.
As the Army continues to grow, skills obtained by students enrolled in CTE training are in high demand for Army Soldiers. For instance, the Army currently has a special hiring bonus – nearly $10,000 – for Motor Transport Operators (88M). The skills learned in this career path align with what CTE students of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster are learning. Check out the ACTE trading card on the 88M career here: https://bit.ly/2vyXdHl
This is just one of the many military occupational specialties that is in high demand by the U.S. Army this year. They are also hiring benefits and opportunities in fields related to cyber security, engineering, communications, medicine, culinary arts, network systems and more. To see trading cards for some of these other careers, visit https://bit.ly/2uhB1wl
For more information, visit www.goarmy.com or contact an Education Services Specialist at your local recruiting battalion.
Full COOL link: https://www.cool.army.mil/index.htm
Full 88M trading card link: https://www.acteonline.org/uploadedFiles/Dump/Motor%20Transport.pdf
Full link trading cards: https://www.acteonline.org/general.aspx?id=12284#.WVpY3JLytEY