The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) is a DoD organization created to help Servicemembers pursue their educational goals and earn the degrees or certification they deserve while continuing to serve their country.
Think of it this way: Traditional education requires reporting to class, and sitting in a classroom on the teacher's schedule. However, "Non-Traditional" education is completely flexible, it fits your schedule, life style, and goals. Through the programs that DANTES' supports, your local education services office or Navy college office have the tools to help you be successful.
DANTES offers information and support for numerous "Non-Traditional" ways to pursue these academic and vocational goals including information about courses taught through:
- Mobile Devices
- Print based Correspondence
- Satellite Television
DANTES provides support programs, information, and resources that help your Education Service and Navy College offices help you research, select, and pursue educational goals. For example DANTES offers the following support programs:
- Credit-by-Examination Programs
- Military Evaluations Programs - College Credit for Service
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges - SOC
- Career Guidance Materials
- Troops to Teachers Program
This program provides several examination programs through which an individual may:
- Earn high school credentials
- Satisfy undergraduate and graduate level college admission requirements
- Earn college credit
- Gain professional certification
Most tests are offered at your local education center free-of-charge for active duty members and are also available using your GI Bill benefits for veterans at locations worldwide.
This program provides academic credit recommendations for training completed while in the service. The results of these credit recommendations are published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, also known as the ACE Guide. These evaluations are provided in the form of official military education and training transcripts. Contact your local education service office or Navy College representative for assistance. See our College Credit for Military Experience page for more information.
This program serves as DoD's advocate and liaison for the servicemember who is pursuing a college degree. They help to facilitate military credit transfer and acceptance among the colleges and universities, while requiring minimal academic residency. The listing of colleges and universities is published in the SOC Consortium Guide. See our Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) page for more information.
DANTES also offers aptitude testing to help you determine which education program or occupation would be the best for you. The KUDER Journey self assessment program is a career enhancement tool for military members undergoing transition to civilian life.This Career and Transition System, which is specifically designed for the US Military, is a comprehensive online resource to help you plan for the future. Learn about your interests, skills and work values and use those results to build a personal career plan, explore occupational information and plan for your future success.
Troops to Teachers helps veterans begin a new careers as public school teachers where their skills and experience can be used. Most veterans with an honorable discharge are eligible for the program. Eligible persons may receive up to $10,000 in financial aid towards their degree.