When a person enlists in the US Navy, there are a host of different opportunities and benefits that are available. One of the benefits or options that are often available upon enlistment is being able to participate in getting a college education while on active duty. This has undergone a great deal of change over the last several years, and it has worked out that even on active duty in combat areas, it is sometimes possible to receive and actively participate in getting an education. There are different deployment programs that have been created to assist enlisted Servicemembers that want to get a college education. These programs did not exist until the last five years or so, but now give active duty personnel options in getting their college education.
These are the Navy Deployment Education Programs. The institutions work with the Navy Education Coursework command to identify and approve Navy senior enlisted personnel to act as instructors, at the unit level. Tuition and fees for these types of classes are the same as if Sailors and Airmen were attending classes out in the regular academic world. During periods of low mission priorities it is possible to double up and sometimes hold a double class session, to help make up for those times when class was delayed due to service mission commitments. It is a program and series of smaller educational plans that work together smoothly to support Navy personnel ashore, afloat, overseas, in the United States, or anywhere they may be stationed or deployed. The mission or unit commanders attempt to schedule times that unified course instruction can occur. As more universities and sponsoring academic colleges sign on, the program that the Navy endorses becomes more and more flexible and adaptive. There is also flexibility that allows the Navy instructors to make up classes or increase the class schedule. There are a number of institutions that participate in the program, and they support and offer courses that active duty Navy personnel can sign up to take. Navy who are enrolled in this program study independently, and work on their course homework material on their own time. The sailors and airmen then attend “classes” based at the unit level, scheduled around the unit deployment and unit mission.
Navy Instructors are then utilized to teach course material and coursework in college level studies, at the unit level, which is worked around the mission at hand, and scheduled when it will not detract or interfere with the military mission.