Sailors Have Help with College Options
Navy Education Offices INCONUS will soon be closing due to budget cuts, however The Navy says that sailors will be able to use the call center or its Virtual Education Center (VEC) to accomplish everything that physical Navy College offices could provide. Services offered by the VEC include: applying for tuition assistance, enrolling in Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCNAV), reviewing Joint Services Transcripts, or receiving educational counseling. With these closings, stateside-based sailors seeking off-duty education help will have to call or email counselors at the Navy’s virtual education center - making the Navy the only branch of the military that lacks on-base education counseling for CONUS based servicemembers.
Sailors wanting to further their education can find out about the many options they have by talking to an education counselor online at the Navy's Virtual Education Center (VEC).
The VEC is available via telephone at 877-838-1659 or DSN 492-4684 or Commercial 757-492-4684, between the hours of 0600 - 2100 Eastern, 5 days a week (except all Federal holidays including: Christmas, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and July 4th).
You may also contact them via email at VEC@navy.mil.
The VEC may also be accessed via the MyEducation portal at https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil/.
The Navy requires all sailors to have a degree plan on file, and receive counseling before they can use tuition assistance. Navy Education reports that the these functions make up the majority of their workload, however officials feel that today's sailors are accustomed to using the internet for nearly everything in their lives; from banking, to shopping, to taking online training, and they are confident that sailors will easily adapt to getting their counseling and TA approval online.