eArmyU is helping re-enlistment goals

eArmyU is helping re-enlistment goals

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff


JULY 12— The Army is boasting about impressive re-enlistment figures seven months after it contracted with PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. of New York to build an electronic-learning portal where soldiers can receive free, online education from 24 colleges and universities.

In an online user survey about eArmyU.com, many soldiers called the initiative 'the best thing the Army has ever done for them,' said Susan Johnson, program adviser in the office of the assistant Army secretary. PricewaterhouseCoopers received a five-year, $453 million contract last December to develop the portal.

The initiative began at three Army posts with the goal of reaching out to eight more posts next year. Ultimately online courses could be available to 80,000 soldiers within the next five years.

Johnson and Barbara Lombardo, PricewaterhouseCoopers' program manager for eArmyU, spoke about the initiative yesterday at the e-Gov 2001 conference in Washington.

'We think this is going to help the Army get to our goal of transformation,' Johnson said. 'It's an investment.'

Lombardo, who called the portal 'path-breaking' and 'radical,' said nearly 14 percent of the current 4,000 soldier-students have re-enlisted or extended their service time to remain eligible for the free program, which also gives them computer hardware and connectivity.

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