Chief Petty Officer Joseph Seiler: Educational opportunities in the Navy help Navy sailors achieve whatever goal they have -- if it's getting a college education while they're in, or coming in and getting experience, and utilizing the GI Bill when they get out.
I am Joseph Seiler, I'm a Chief Navy Counselor in the United States Navy. Responsibilities as the Navy Counselor for any command, the sailors that come that are assigned to me, what goals they have, what education they want to accomplish. It's my job to make sure they fulfill those to the best of their ability. It just really depends on what their end goal is. If they want to just be in the Navy for four years and they're going to use the GI Bill when they get out, and they just want to knock out some simple things while they're in, I'll lead them in that direction. If they want to get a degree to pursue OCS, which is Officer Candidate School, I'll lead them in a whole other direction. So, it really depends on what their goal is, and what best program suits them.
Yes, there is definitely someone on every ship to take care of sailors' needs with education. It really depends on the size of the ship, if it's a civilian, or if it's a Military member like myself. Tuition assistance allows a sailor to do -- opt to get an education at no cost to them. While they're on shore, they can attend a college off-duty, but on ships, they'll be using online classes. The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows sailors to go to college after they get out of the Navy, literally at no cost to them. They can transfer it to their spouse, they can transfer to a dependent, also with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the opportunity is there for sailors to go to private schools that do exceed what the Post-9/11 GI Bill is, and there's other programs that can couple with the Post-9/11 to allow them to do that.
Another way to maximize your college opportunity in the Navy is to fully utilize your tuition assistance, prior to using your Post-9/11 GI Bill. That way, you can maximize that amount of credits you can transfer to your family, such as your spouse or your children. The [MC Pace] program, it allows students, or sailors that are deployed, to still attend college, via either self-paced, or structured (inaudible) classes. The self-paced ones, it's as simple as turn in their homework, doing an already scheduled midterm, and a scheduled final, and they get college credit. It's that easy.
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