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This site provides resources and content for the domains, Military Science Academy and Military Science University

Disclaimer: Recommendations for prospective recruits are drawn from official Department of Defense materials, with specific references to the relevant publications. For students interested in the United States Army, the governing policy agency that provides continuity for these training guidelines, the agency you can confirm this content through or report errors to, is the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

Welcome to the Military Science Academy. Military Science is the study of military doctrine (for the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Space Force, and the Air Force), including strategy, tactics, tradition, policies, history and training.

13:58, 23 FEB 2021 (UTC)

Due to the stay at home orders and in the wake of widespread school closures, sometimes with gaps in the curriculum provided by distance learning for the students, prospective recruits for the armed forces can augment their training and educations through a number of US Government department/ agency online learning academies: Experts say that obtaining a broad base of knowledge, including information outside your specific area of study plays a beneficial role in recognizing unique solutions and then implementing them, even in areas that you have no prior experience in. You can both increase your knowledge, and meet the armed forces goal of being a life long learner at some of the best online training schools offered by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program resources at these department/ agency schools are provided tuition free for approved candidates, and provide their students with highly practical and valuable training opportunities. This is your chance to supplement - even improve on your pre-enlistment education - so don't delay - check out these highly rated DOD and DHS training sites today.

The Center for the Development of Security Excellence

The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) is a nationally accredited, award-winning training academy operated by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). CDSE provides security education, training, certifications and services to a broad audience supporting the protection of National Security and professionalization of the DOD security environment. This is where you will learn to spot the signs of possible insider threats, particularly in companies that serve the industrial and technological base for the Department of Defense. And just as important, at the CDSE, you will gain knowledge and training on the processes that go into obtaining, and maintaining, a security clearance. Get started at your own pace with no-cost online courses, games, puzzles and instructional videos by visiting the CDSE online training portal at I highly recommend that you begin this training program first because it will give you a secure foundation for all the other schools; currently I have completed over twenty courses at the CDSE and with its emphasis on insider threats and security awareness, this material has proved to be a valuable asset in completing subsequent training programs. Courses include Insider Threat Awareness, Cyber-security Awareness for DOD Personnel and Contractors, Counterintelligence Concerns for National Security, Thwarting Enemy Countermeasures, OPSEC for Military Personnel, Civilian Employees and Contractors, Protecting your Facility's Technologies, Counterintelligence Awareness and Security Briefings, Counterintelligence Foreign Travel Measures, Methods for Marking and Handling Classified Materials, The Relationship Between Counterintelligence Awareness and Security, and more.

The Emergency Management Institute

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) goals by improving the competencies of personnel at all levels of government and to approved members of the general public (like a prospective armed forces recruit) to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies that affect the American people. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced online courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and are also offered to the general public. All courses are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. To get started and for the complete listing of courses available, visit the EMI Independent Study website at These courses are very thorough. You'll be more organized in your thinking and planning during high pressure situations where lives are at stake. As of this posting I have two courses in progress and have completed over thirty courses at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. Courses include Introduction to the Incident Command System, Basic Workplace Security, Protecting Infrastructure from Insider Threats, Radiological Emergency Management, Military Resources Role in Emergency Management, Public Information Officer Training, Decision Making and Problem Solving, Facility Security Level Rating Determination Process, Continuity of Operations During Pandemics, Active Shooter Response Techniques, Emergency Operation Center Functions, Special Events Contingency Planning and more.

Bio-threat Preparedness Training for Sentinel Laboratories Series

Each of these intermediate-level, interactive and tuition free courses reviews a component of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) protocols for bio-terrorism agent identification. As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Laboratory Series, these courses include case studies, real-life laboratory scenarios and additional links to resource information. The course materials can also be used as part of a laboratory’s competency assessment program for terrorism preparedness. Preview the course summaries and access the course links for potential bio-terrorism agents at I found these courses as fascinating as they were unnerving but feel I have a better understanding of bio-terrorism agents and the steps we can take to mitigate their impacts. With an increased awareness of these pathogens and the methods for delivering them, a laboratory or first-responder has a better chance of possibly preventing an outbreak or at least limiting it's full destructive potential. I took the classes for all five of the bio-weapon agents to complete this special CDC series and I strongly recommend it for laboratory personnel who perform identification testing, members of the public who want to be more vigilant against these attack methods and for hospital staff too, especially emergency room attendants who will often be the first health care professionals to encounter infected patients who are presenting with strange or elusive symptoms caused by exposure to Yersenia Pestis (bubonic plague), Brucella spp species, Burkholderia spp species, Francisella Tularensis, or Bacillus antracis (anthrax).

Defense Information Systems Agency - Cybersecurity Training and Certifications

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) provides a series of classes to train users on how to avoid a range of online cybersecurity threats. The Cyber Awareness Challenge has just been recently updated for 2021 and you can access this class at The course provides an overview of cybersecurity threats and best practices to keep information systems secure. Every year, DOD network users must complete the Cyber Awareness Challenge to stay up-to-date on new cybersecurity threats. Though this course is required for DOD network users, the content is available to students outside the DOD who also want the benefit of attending this training (which I did). After you pass the course you can print a certificate of completion, which is a feature available for every course at all of the DOD and DHS online schools listed on these pages. Next, The Social Networking and Your Online Identity raises awareness on the aspects of social networking for DOD network users. The course acknowledges the positive aspects of social networking, but also familiarizes users with some of the risks associated with these services, especially for military, civilian, or contractor members of the DOD. This course also offers open enrollment for users outside of the DOD and is available at the link The next course, ​Identifying and Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information, starts with an overview of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and protected health information (PHI), and emphasizes the significance of each. This class is available to students at the link In the DISA course on Mobile Devices, users will learn about significant security issues and vulnerabilities associated with mobile devices. After reviewing the vulnerabilities of mobile devices and who is vulnerable, users are informed on how to protect against loss or theft, against compromise, and against malware. The DOD Mobile Devices class is open to the public at Lastly, an interactive training course explains what phishing is and provides examples of the different types of phishing techniques such as deceptive e-mails and web sites, as well as browser "tab nabbing," are discussed. Guidelines are provided to help users recognize phishing attempts, so that appropriate actions may be taken to avoid these attacks and their consequences. To attend the DISA Phishing Awareness training, visit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Training

Learn the roles of various personnel in the laboratory informatics enterprise, data relationships, data quality and standards, and the generation and flow of information as a specimen progresses through the pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases. Using the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) sentinel laboratory protocols, this CDC online resource provides interested students training in detecting potential biothreat agents, from a safe, virtual environment. There are over thirty courses included in this CDC curriculum including Fundamentals of Working Safely in a Biological Safety Cabinet, Fundamentals of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Clinical Laboratories (I attended both these courses because they are highly relevant right now), Introduction to Laboratory Informatics, Basic Molecular Biology Modules 1 - 4, Basic Microscopy, Routine Microscopy Procedures, Biochemicals and Gram Positive Organism ID, Biochemicals and Gram Negative Organism ID, Fundamentals of Centrifuge Safety, Core Microbiology Skills, Laboratory Practices for Molecular Genetics Testing, Packing and Shipping Dangerous Goods, Basic Molecular Biology Series and more available at

Department of Homeland Security - Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) provides advanced, all-hazards training to emergency responders from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as the federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available. The scope of training includes preparedness, protection, and response. Since its launch, the DHS operated CDP has trained more than 1.3 million students. Responders in 17 different disciplines – Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, Agriculture, Education, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Information Technology, Security and Safety, Search and Rescue, and Transportation – train at the CDP. The courses available to you (including some that I have attended) are Hazardous Materials Awareness Distance Learning, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness and Security Procedures, Chemical Sector Security Awareness Training, Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness, Response Considerations During an Outbreak or Pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment Considerations for Infectious Agents, Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Employee Training, Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex course, Emergency Medical Response Awareness for CBRNE Incidents, and more at

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Training

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) Infrastructure Security Division (a directorate of DHS) offers a wide array of free training programs. These web-based independent study courses, instructor-led courses, and associated training materials provide qualified students with the knowledge and skills needed to implement critical infrastructure security and resilience activities. The courses are developed and maintained by the Office of Infrastructure Protection in partnership with critical infrastructure owners and operators, Sector-Specific Agencies and other federal and state agencies. CISA is the Nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. One way the agency accomplishes this goal is by providing Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Training opportunities with courses like Chemical Sector Training; Commercial Facilities Sector Training; Dams Sector Training; Emergency Services Sector Training; Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector Training and many more are available at the CISA learning portal at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - TRAIN Public Health Courses

CDC TRAIN is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities. TRAIN is a free service for students provided by the Public Health Foundation. CDC TRAIN provides access to more than 1,000 courses developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention educational programs, grantees, and other funded partners. The public health courses offered by authorized CDC TRAIN learning providers (state and private colleges and universities) have been approved and verified by the CDC (I've attended 14 courses and they are very thorough in covering the topics). Some of the courses available to registered CDC TRAIN students include COVID-19 Training and Awareness, Ebola Virus Public Health Preparedness, Combating the Opioid Crisis, General Environmental Health, Public Health Statutes and Regulations, USDA Food Safety, EPA Potable Water, EPA Wastewater Treatment, EPA Municipal Solid Waste, Hazardous Materials Training, Overview of Disease Outbreak Investigations, Trends in Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, Characteristics of the 4 Biohazard Levels, Introduction to Pandemic Influenza, Introduction to Field-Based Epidemiology, Weapons of Mass Destruction Training for EMTs, and more are available at

Nationwide SAR Initiative NSI Online Training Courses

The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) is a joint collaborative effort by the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners. This initiative provides law enforcement and security personnel with a valuable tool to help prevent terrorism and other related criminal activity by establishing a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing SAR information. To increase the effectiveness of the program, the NSI has developed training programs for frontline officers and hometown security partners regarding documented and verified behaviors and indicators that, when viewed in the context of all known facts and circumstances, may indicate terrorism-related criminal activity. Both the SAR Line Officer Training and each sector-specific SAR Hometown Security Partners Training discuss how to report identified suspicious activity to the proper authorities while maintaining the protection of citizens' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. Online training includes Emergency Management, Explosive Precursors Point of Sale, Fire/EMS, Maritime Safety, Private Sector Security Training (I attended that course), Probation/Parole/Corrections, Public Health & Health Care Partners, Public Safety Communications, and SAR Line Officer Training are available with course descriptions at A DHS public awareness video - If You See Something, Say Something - is also provided at the training site.

More learning opportunities are on the way - so stay tuned!

> DHS Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE)

> Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP)

For the Recruits preparing to ship out, to the ROTC candidates, to all the Reservists who have been called up and for all the National Guard soldiers who have been activated,

We thank you for your commitment to serve our country, especially during these times of crisis. We owe you our gratitude and hope that you and your families are all in good health.

BW Schulz

13:58, 23 FEB 2021 (UTC)