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CHAPTER 2 EDUCATION, ADVANCEMENT, AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES The Navy, in pursuit of satisfying its own training requirements as well as the desires of the members, has developed   wide-ranging   financial,   educational, advancement, and career enhancement programs. The educational services officer (ESO) is the primary point of contact for these programs and has a vast library of directives  and  an  intricate  network  of  counselors available.  Many  sailors  initially  join  the  Navy  for  the educational  benefits  available  after  separation,  but  only a few realize that they can pursue educational programs while on active duty. It is the ESOs job to inform the crew and assist them as necessary. This   chapter   provides   information   about educational   programs   available   to   active   duty personnel,  the  naval  advancement  system,  and  career opportunities that are open to anyone who will take advantage  of  them. EDUCATION The sailor who wishes to improve has a variety of educational  opportunities  available  from  which  to choose.  The  following  sections  give  information  about off-duty  educational  programs,  the  nonresident  training course  (NRTC)  program,  and  training  manuals (TRAMANs). OFF-DUTY  EDUCATIONAL  PROGRAMS The Navy Campus office, available virtually on every  base,  coordinates  and  administers  off-duty educational programs in your local area. The criteria for on-  and  off-duty  educational  programs  are  contained  in Navy  Voluntary  Education  Programs,  CNETINST 1560.3C.  Some  of  the  available  programs  are  described in  the  following  paragraphs: .  The  Tuition  Assistance  Program  provides financial   assistance   for   attendance   at   civilian educational  institutions  on  a  voluntary  off-duty  basis  to earn  high  school  or  college  credits.  Tuition  assistance may be used for vocational and technical training as well as  for  courses  leading  toward  undergraduate  and graduate   degrees. .  The  Instructor  Service  Program  provides education through command-organized classes that satisfy  command  needs  or  requirements.  The  objectives of such instructions are to raise individual educational levels and to increase job performance effectiveness. Classes may include academic, professional, technical, or   vocational   subjects   at   all   educational   levels. Dependents  and  civilians  may  attend  classes  on  a space-available   basis. . The Navy Campus Certificate/Degree Program enables  an  individual  to  complete  requirements  for  a high  school  diploma;  pursue  a  civilian  apprenticeship program; and earn a vocational certificate, a 2-year associate’s  degree,  or  a  bachelor’s  degree.  The  key benefit of this program is to allow members to earn college degrees at participating colleges and universities without  formal  attendance.  Participating  colleges  and universities waive residency requirements to attend class on campus. They also accept up to 75 percent of degree  credits  through  college-approved,  nontraditional means  such  as  Navy  schools,  the  College  Level Examination  Program  (CLEP),  the  Defense  Activity  for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES), or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). .  The  Program  for  Afloat  College  Education (PACE)  permits  members  assigned  to  ships  an opportunity  to  attend  college  while  underway.  Under PACE I, a civilian instructor embarks on a naval vessel and  teaches  undergraduate  level  college  courses.  PACE courses  are  fully  accredited  and  can  lead  to  the completion  of  an  associate  degree.  PACE  II  is  an independent  study  program.  Courses  taught  under PACE are fully funded by the Navy; however, students are required to pay course registration fees stipulated in the current PACE contract and to purchase their own books. . The Navy Campus Basic Skills Program offers on-duty instruction in reading English and mathematics to guarantee naval personnel possess the minimum skill levels necessary to carry out the overall mission of the Navy. 2-1

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