Vouchers Offer Accelerated Path to Officer Graduate Education

Story Number: NNS120607-10Release Date: 6/7/2012 2:20:00 PM
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By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Command

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval officers unable to pursue full-time graduate studies have an additional education option with the FY-13 Graduate Education Voucher (GEV) program, announced June 5.

Detailed in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 180/12, the GEV program offers eligible officers the opportunity to receive funded graduate education during off-duty hours.

Through GEV, unrestricted line (URL) officers can apply to receive funding for Navy-relevant graduate education meeting the requirements of at least one subspecialty code as specified by the Navy Subspecialty System.

"Many officers find that their career paths will not easily allow the latitude for full-time education at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Naval War College or other institutions," said Cheral Wintling, Graduate Education coordinator for Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). "The GEV program offers a path to an off-duty master's degree with financial support of up to $20,000 per fiscal year, with a total limit of $40,000 for the entire course of study."

All required fees normally charged by the university relating directly to student application and enrollment, including mandatory health fees and health insurance, laboratory fees, vehicle registration and identification cards, and computer fees are reimbursable. Other reimbursable expenses include the cost of textbooks and course materials, and limited expenditures for transcript and entry fees, and final thesis production.

Lt. Christopher Ivey, an LCS-2 engineering instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I. is a current GEV participant pursuing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance at Northeastern University.

"In the current economic climate, we are challenged with achieving the same missions with a higher level of efficiency," said Ivey. "This MBA will give me the opportunity to help maintain our naval power while at the same time meeting financial responsibilities to the taxpayers."

GEV applicants select a regionally accredited school and choose a specific course of study meeting community subspecialty requirements. The education plan is reviewed and approved for the Navy subspecialty code by NPS.

The GEV program is targeted at officers with demonstrated superior performance and upward career mobility who are transferring or have recently reported to shore duty, in order to allow sufficient time for completion of a graduate program. The GEV program is open to URL active duty list officers in paygrades O-3 through O-5, in designators 111X, 112X, 113X, 114X, and 13XX.

There are 123 planned quotas available for FY13 as follows: Surface Warfare - 43; Submarine - 33; Aviation - 43; Special Warfare/Special Operations - 4. Quotas by degree program and warfare areas are available in NAVADMIN 180/12, and additional information can be found on the Navy College Program's GEV wensite https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/gev/gev_home.cfm.

Some restrictions apply and enrollment in the program carries a service obligation of three times the number of months of education completed, with a minimum of 24, and a maximum of 36 months obligation. Officers completing a degree using GEV should expect to serve one tour in a subspecialty billet not later than the second tour following graduation. OPNAVINST 1520.37A contains additional information on specific program requirements. Interested officers should submit written requests to their detailer, per the NAVADMIN and OPNAV instruction. For ships at sea, applications via naval message containing the required information will be accepted.

Program-specific GEV questions should be addressed to Marjoriette Dilworth at 850-452-1001, option 3, ext. 2247, DSN: 922 or via e-mail at: marjoriette.dilworth@navy.mil.

For those not qualifying for the GEV program, educational assistance may be available through the Tuition Assistance program, G.I. Bill or other graduate education programs, as listed on the Navy College website https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/.

For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.

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