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NARR/REF A IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1322.25, VOLUNTARY EDUCATION
PROGRAMS CHANGE 3. REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM ADDRESSING
PARTICIPATION BY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN MORALE, WELFARE, AND RECREATION
COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING PROGRAMS. REF C IS OPNAVINST 1560.9A,
VOLUNTARY EDUCATION FOR NAVY SAILORS. REF D IS NETCINST 1560.3 NAVY
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RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces significant changes to the Navy’s Voluntary
Education (VOLED)/Navy College Program. It details the phased Navy College
Office (NCO) transformation in CONUS from a traditional brick and mortar
voluntary education service delivery model to a virtual service delivery
model that will provide online access and support to Sailors at the time and
place most convenient for them. The OCONUS construct will not change.
Existing NCOs will remain in place.
2. Effective 1 October 2016, all Sailors, including those who previously
visited other services education offices or counselors, must only use Navy
VOLED services described in this NAVADMIN and other Navy instructions.
3. Sixteen CONUS NCOs will transition to the new construct by 30 September
2016 and close. The NCOs at Naval Station Norfolk, VA, Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, FL, Naval Base San Diego, CA, and Naval Base Kitsap, WA will
remain open through the end of FY-17.
4. Qualified education counselors at the Navy College Programs expanded
Virtual Education Center (VEC) will continue providing information and
education counseling services. Sailors will have access to VEC counselors
via phone, text messaging, and web-chat along with the ability to schedule
education counseling appointments online. VEC counselors are available to
serve Sailors from Monday through Friday, 0600-2100 Eastern Standard Time.
VOLED information may be found on the Navy College Program website at
https://www.navycollege.navy.mil, which is redesigned with enhanced content
5. College Level Exam Program and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test
(DSST) exams will continue to be administered at National Test Centers
currently operated on Navy installations. Sailors desiring these or
additional exams must follow the funding and reimbursement instructions
provided on the Defense Activity for non-traditional education services
website at http://www.dantes.doded.mil/examinations.
6. Foreign language testing, i.e., Defense Language Proficiency Testing and
Defense Language Aptitude Battery, though not a core element of VOLED, will
continue to be offered at the CONUS NCOs remaining open through FY-17.
Sailors may also request foreign language testing with other services as
7. For all courses with a start date on or after 1 January 2017, all first-
time tuition assistance and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education
(NCPACE) participants must complete the following requirements prior to
applying for TA or NCPACE enrollment and before receiving academic advising
from an academic institution:
a. Complete the Department of Defense (DoD) Higher Education Preparation
Training Course hosted at http://jko.jten.mil.
b. Complete WebTA Training or NCPACE Crew Brief Training hosted at
https://www.navycollege.navy.mil, as applicable.
c. Submit training completion certificates to
d. Receive education counseling by a Navy College education counselor
through the VEC or a NCO. NCPACE exception to the above policy for Sailors
reporting to deployed units may be able to participate in instructor led (IL)
courses. Sailors reporting to units deploying within 60 days may be able to
participate in IL and/or Distance Learning courses. NCPACE participation is
subject to chain of command approval. Following return from deployment and
before further entitlement, Sailors must complete all requirements noted in
paragraphs 7a-d above.
e. All Sailors participating in TA or NCPACE must receive Navy College
Program education counseling a minimum of once per academic level (i.e.,
certificate, associates, bachelors, masters) or if a degree program is
changed. The education counseling must be performed by a Navy College
education counselor within the first six semester hours (or equivalent).
f. Revised TA timeline. All TA requests for courses starting on or
after 1 January 2017 must be submitted and command approved between 120 and
14 days preceding the term start date.
g. Certificate programs. Sailors may pursue one certificate program
using semester, quarter, or clock hours from approved DoD Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) schools if such programs are also approved by the
Department of Veterans Affairs.
8. Region Advisor positions have been created in Navy Regions Mid-Atlantic,
Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest. RAs will provide VOLED support for
installation commanding officers based on an MOU between Commander Navy
Installations Command and Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) that
incorporates requirements of references
(a) through (d). Navy Region Mid-Atlantic RAs will support Naval District
9. Points of contact are as follows:
a. OPNAV N127 point of contact is Mr. Jim Johnson, at (703)604-5256/DSN
664, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
b. NETC N52 point of contact is Mr. Tom Smith, at (850)452-7271/DSN 459,
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
c. Foreign Language Testing point of contact is Mr. Darrin Williams, at
(850)452-6529/DSN 664, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
10. This message will remain in effect until superseded.
11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//