One of the advantages in enlisting in the Military is a program that is designed to help give assistance to military Servicemembers in getting a college education. It is called the DANTES program short for Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education. It is a program that has been designed to aid those people who want to serve in the Armed Forces and earn a college degree at the same time. Non traditional means that the method of getting a college degree can be different than the traditional attending class in person method. It can consist of this or also other methods of delivery, such as distance education or Internet type delivery. There are programs that you can participate in through your military education service office or the Navy College office that give you the tools to be successful in your college career.
There are a lot of different methods of delivery available. Venues such as satellite television services, CD-Rom disks, Email, Internet courses, Pod casts, or print based correspondence are all methods of delivery that the Dantes program uses. Your experiences are judged based on specific criteria, and your military experiences and training are compared to the Guide for Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Each of these courses is different, some are relatively easy to qualify for and participate in, and some programs are much more detailed. DANTES is set up to provide resources, information and support programs for both individuals and groups, and to complete your college degree while serving on active duty. There are three different catalogs that are available in the DANTES program. DANTES Distance Programs: There are three programs for choosing a distance-learning program. DANTES sponsors three catalog-based programs: Nationally Accredited Distance learning catalog, Credit-by-examination: This is a program ran through the CLEPS program, which gives a person direct college credit by examination. There are a wide variety of college credit subjects that you can challenge, and if you pass the test then you gain college direct credit without having to attend classes.
Military Evaluation Transcript Program: This is a designed program for credit for experience, you have your military experience examined and credit is awarded based on what you have done.