Staff Sergeant Manley Frost
Ms. Babington and Mr. Lizotte,
I am writing this e-mail to thank you both for all of your help over the years as well as to request books for my final two classes.Â
On a personal note, I was pretty frustrated with the Army education system when I transferred to Post a few years back, having been burned a few times financially by other institutions and never seeming to have enough time to do classes around my recruiting and general Army schedule.Â
Ed Lizotte, thanks for meeting with me about my future at the USAREC ATC in Albany a few years back and getting this whole thing rolling and for all the help along the way.Â I had all but given up on trying to get a degree while enlisted at that point and you've since ensured everything has gone smoothly.Â
Ms. Babington, thanks for all your help keeping me on track and motivated to complete my degree.Â You've provided great direction for me, helping me stay focused during some interesting and often stressful times in my Army career.
You two especially and the staff at Post in general have been very helpful and have, many times, bent over backward to ensure the system worked for me and for that I can't thank you enough.Â I'm proud to be a future Post University grad and sincerely appreciate your institution's commitment to service members.Â I have nothing but good things to say about the school and will remain a strong advocate of Post and online education in the future.Â Again, thank you very much for helping me realize my goals and I wish you a great Holiday season.Â God bless.
SSGT Manley Frost
Army Recruiter Staff Sergeant Brian Baugh
Staff Sergeant Brian Baugh has been actively serving in the military for the last 9 years. Forgoing the typical college experience, SSG Baugh joined the military at the age of 18 and started out in Fort Irwin, California as a M1A1 tank crew member. In 2005 he served a term in Iraq before being assigned as an army recruiter out of Piqua, Ohio in 2006.
"While I was out on recruiting duty I became way more involved in the local economy and I came to the realization that there are not many career options for an Army tanker," said SSG Baugh. After spending time outside of the military compound he found that not having that college degree would make him less marketable in the job field.
"While I was attending recruiting school I had a couple of friends tell me about Post University and that they gave you a lot of transferred credits for recruiting school so I started looking in to it. When I found out that Post also offers you a voucher for your books I realized that I had no excuse not to go to school."
SSG Baugh, a Business Management major, always knew that he wanted to own his own business. His grandfather currently runs a restaurant chain so for him the decision to study business management was a simple one. "Iâ€™ve been around business my whole life," said SSG Baugh.
After enrolling at Post, SSG Baugh started looking for a career field within the Army that would offer him the best opportunities post Army discharge. After coming across an opening in "Army Contracting Command," SSG Baugh accepted a position where he does contract work with 3rd party vendors for military required items. SSG Baugh believes that his education at Post University has not only helped him excel within the Army, but will benefit him after.
"Balancing my career, family and education has always been very challenging," said SSG Baugh. "These are all very demanding parts of my life, but luckily all of my instructors have always understood about my career. My experience at Post has been very enjoyable; the staff has always been willing to go above and beyond."
"My thought on online education is that it is perfect for a person that has a very demanding life," explained SSG Baugh. "Yes, there are times I wish I was in a classroom just because sometimes I wonâ€™t understand how to do something and due to the time difference I canâ€™t just call my teacher for clarification, but I never feel like I am set up for failure," he added.
"I choose Post University because it offered me the most as far as transferring my military education in. Post is a very military friendly school and that makes it a lot easier for me as a student. I have had nothing but great experience since starting at Post and I am completely happy I choose this school. I definitely believe that it is worth every penny that has been spent," said SSG Baugh.
Army Recruiter Staff Sgt. Wayne Smith
Army Recruiter Staff Sgt. Wayne Smith recently transferred in 60 military training credits toward a Post University Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Stationed in Riverside, California with the Southern California Recruiting Battalion, SSG Smith is currently enrolled in two online accelerated degree program courses and expects to earn his bachelor's degree in about 18 months.
"I can't say enough good things about it," says Smith. "The teachers I've had have been great. They're very interactive and helpful. From the moment I decided to enroll, I've received great support."
Staff Sgt. Smith says he did a lot of research on Post University before deciding to enroll. The fact that the school is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the fact that his degree would be recognized at any California University was important to him. "I checked out Post and everything looked really good," says Smith. In fact, a Post University degree will be recognized by any accredited college or university, and will make SSG Smith more competitive in the civilian workforce once he chooses to leave the Army.
Smith earned college credit for his military training and experience, including the training and leadership skills he developed as an Army Recruiter. "The amount of credit I got for my military experience was high," says Smith. "That made a real difference to me."