Military students to reap benefits

Adjusting to a new school can be a difficult endeavor for any student. Thousands of military dependent students do it each year and the challenges they face are unique.

To make the transition easier for them senior leaders in the Department of Defense and Department of Education signed a formal memorandum Wednesday at the Pentagon agreeing to work collaboratively to ease the challenges of transitions for military dependent students.

Only 8 percent of the 1.2 million school-age military students nation-wide attend DoD schools. The rest receive their educations at public, charter, private, independent and parochial schools while others are home schooled.

The memorandum outlines, among other things, how the departments can better help military students develop academic skills that will last a lifetime and coping skills during deployment periods.

The departments will work in concert to address five specific areas: quality education, student transition and support when a parent is deployed, data sharing, communication and outreach, and resources.

The memorandum of agreement signed today can be viewed online at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/d20080625doddoe1.pdf .