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March 2 Success with the U.S. Army

by Wendalynn N. Payne, SSG, U.S. Army

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The U.S. Army has a desire to help shape the future of America’s youth through programs such as March 2 Success (M2S) (, which was created to assist in improving performance on not only the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), but also the SAT and ACT exams for students preparing for college immediately after high school.

March 2 Success is a free web site sponsored by the U.S. Army that provides users with online study materials designed to improve performance on standardized tests. Additionally, M2S enhances math, science and English skills needed for secondary and post-secondary educational endeavors.

There are seven full-length practice tests for the ACT and SAT designed like the actual test. Math, verbal and college readiness areas offer a pre-assessment exam. The High School Science Hub provides lessons and tests in earth science, biology, chemistry and physics.

Army Recruiters use the March 2 Success program as a recruiting marketing tool because the Army seeks to enlist the best and the brightest into specialties and fields that will provide rewarding careers.

The March 2 Success program was piloted in the early 2000s and has been keeping up with the latest advances in educational technology ever since. M2S launched a brand new SAT prep program in March 2016 that now includes (STEM) components. The program’s core curriculum is fulfilled under Peterson’s (, the leading company in education services. For more than 50 years, Peterson’s has provided quality and dependable admissions resources and test prep materials.

Service members are afforded the opportunity to take college classes while actively serving. Some complete degree programs while others barely get started. Regardless of where one falls on this spectrum - finishing an undergraduate degree or beyond - education is often a priority for newly transitioning service members who then may have the ability to focus more on college. As a transitioning service member entering the civilian workforce, test scores can and often will play an important role in both job and educational opportunities.

Education Services Specialist Michele Satterlund from the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion says, “In most cases, veterans will not be required to take the SAT or ACT, but they will likely have to take college placement tests. Can they pass reading? Do they have good math skills? They probably do, but it never hurts to take a quick look at the March 2 Success web site and make sure those skills are up to date.”

Sections within the online portal include interactive games, quizzes and flash cards. M2S may be marketed toward applicants seeking entrance into the armed forces, but it can also be a successful tool to utilize upon exiting as well. Finally, M2S can benefit school-age dependent children of transitioning service members or anyone who wishes to use it, as it is 100 percent free.

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