US Foreign Policy

The Army Goes To School: Connection Between K-12 Education Standards And The Military-Base Economy

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The Army Goes to School: The Connection Between K-12 Education Standards and the Military-Base Economy finds that the quality of education available to soldiers’ children could be a retention issue for the Army. More than 300,000 school-age children (ages 5-18) of active-duty Army Service Members are impacted by varying education standards and performance. Relocating soldiers because of concerns about the quality of local civilian education systems could have a large economic impact in communities across the United States that have a deep dependency on military wages. This report stresses that host communities still have time to prepare before the Army could be in a position to factor education into basing decisions and should consider the perspective of the Army regarding education-related issues.

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