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Selection for the Navy's fully funded graduate education program is based on outstanding professional performance, promotion potential and a strong academic background. Officers interested in this program should contact their assignment officers to determine professional qualification status. All applications for Academic Profile Code (APC) calculation begin by applying online.  Upon determination of academic qualification, individuals are eligible for assignment. Officers who are professionally qualified, but lack academic qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for information on ways to improve their academic backgrounds.

Applications for Ph.D. programs will only be accepted for programs delineated in the Doctoral Studies annual NAVADMIN and the Professional Military Professor (PMP) annual NAVADMIN. Applications for Ph.D. programs that are not submitted in accordance with the annual NAVADMINs will be made inactive. Additional information can be found in the NPS Catalog.

Graduate Education Service Obligation:

The most relevant and current policy is that put forth in NAVADMIN 195/07 (CNO 061710Z AUG 07)

“Active duty officers participating in Navy-funded graduate education on a full-time, part-time or off-duty basis will incur an active duty obligation of three years after completion of or withdrawal from education . . . [to be] served concurrently with any other obligation.” This service obligation applies to all Navy-funded education, regardless of whether the degree is obtained in-residence or through distributed learning.

  • This service obligation specifically DOES NOT apply to certificate/certification programs. This will be addressed in a future NAVADMIN (which has still not been released as of October 2008).
  • NAVADMIN 195/07 specifically DOES NOT pertain to education obtained by means of Tuition Assistance (TA), Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP), Montgomery GI Bill, Naval Officer health or theology disciplines, law education program, or the Permanent Military Professor (PMP) Program, all of which are covered by separate guidance.
  • Service Obligation for fellowships, scholarships, and training with industry is generally three times the length of the program to be served concurrently with any other service obligation. Effective 1 January 2008, newly commissioned officers participating in Immediate Graduate Programs will have a service obligation of five years for programs less than 20 months long and six years for programs 20 months or more. This service obligation commences upon completion/withdrawal from the Graduate Program and is served concurrently with any other service obligation.
  • Service obligation for Ph.D. students: effective 1 January 2008, unless otherwise specified, officers participating in Navy or government funded Ph.D. programs, whether in residence or through distance learning, incur a service obligation of a period of three times the length of the program up to a maximum of five years. The obligation will be served concurrently with any other service obligation and will commence upon completion of or withdrawal from the Ph.D. program.
  • Service obligation for War College/Intermediate Senior Service College/Senior Service College attendance (to include any advanced degrees earned in conjunction) is two years to be served concurrently with any other service obligation.
  • It is the responsibility of the service member and detailer to disclose and track service obligation.
  • NAVADMIN 195/07 cancels NAVADMIN 058/02 regarding Officer Graduate Education Service Obligation as well as CNO policy decision memorandum 002-06 of the same subject line. NAVADMIN 195/007simplifies and supersedes paragraph 4E of OPNAVINST 1520.23B, which outlined the old system of computing service obligation (obligation of three times the length of education through the first year and one month for each month thereafter).

U.S. ARMY OFFICERS

Army officers need to apply online, with the goal of receiving a conditional acceptance letter.  The purpose is to prescreen the officer prior to applying to Army Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS).

Obtaining a conditional acceptance letter in advance of applying to an ACS training agency assists the selection process and expedites the formal NPS admissions process after an officer has been selected by the Army.  Officers interested in fully funded education at NPS should provide their training agencies copies of all college transcripts, current (less than five years old) Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores and a copy of their NPS conditional acceptance letter when submitting their ACS applications.

Army officers applying for admission to the Department of National Security Affairs must include Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, taken within five years of the date of application.

Graduate Education Service Obligation:

Obligation is determined and tracked by service-member's service as per two following dictates:

  • Title 10, U.S. Code—Armed Forces; Subtitle A, Part III, Chapter 101, Sec 2005 states “The Secretary concerned shall determine the period of active duty to be served by any person for advanced education. . . .”
  • DODDIR 1322.10 requires Secretaries of military departments ensure officers who have received a fully-funded or partially funded graduate education serve in return on active duty for a minimum of least three years or three times the length of the program if the program was less than one year. Additional service obligation can be prescribed by the service.

U.S. AIR FORCE OFFICERS

Selection for the Air Force's fully funded graduate education program (assigned to AFIT as a full-time student wherein all tuition costs are paid by the Air Force) is based upon professional performance, promotion potential and academic background. Interested Air Force officers must contact their assignment team at Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) to determine professional qualification status and potential AFIT-sponsored graduate education opportunities available in their career fields. Air Force officers wishing to apply for an AFIT-sponsored graduate program must make their desires known to AFPC and follow AFPC application procedures (generally update your Airman Development Plan (ADP) and submit Air Force Form 3849 to your assignments officer).

Air Force officers need to apply online, with the goal of receiving a conditional acceptance letter.  The purpose is to prescreen the officer prior to applying to AFPC.  Officers should submit a copy of their NPS conditional acceptance letter along with their AF Form 3849 to AFPC and maintain a copy in their personal records for future use if selected.

Air Force officers applying for admission to the Department of National Security Affairs must include scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within five years of the date of application.

Graduate Education Service Obligation:

Obligation is determined and tracked by service-member's service as per two following dictates:

  • Title 10, U.S. Code—Armed Forces; Subtitle A, Part III, Chapter 101, Sec 2005 states “The Secretary concerned shall determine the period of active duty to be served by any person for advanced education. . . .”
  • DODDIR 1322.10 requires Secretaries of military departments ensure officers who have received a fully-funded or partially funded graduate education serve in return on active duty for a minimum of least three years or three times the length of the program if the program was less than one year. Additional service obligation can be prescribed by the service.

U.S. MARINE CORPS OFFICERS

NPS opportunities for Marine Corps officers fall under two categories:

  • Special Education Program (SEP)

a. SEP candidates should refer to MCO 1520.9G

  • International Affairs Officer Program (RAO/FAO track)

a. IAOP applicants should refer to MCO 1520.11E

The Marine Corps holds selection boards for both programs that are announced annually by a MARADMIN message. Marine officers interested in these programs should consult the latest MARADMIN for board details and contact HQMC, MMOA-3 if they have questions. Prospective applicants should also discuss the timing of NPS attendance with the Career Counseling Branch at HQMC. All officers must apply online to NPS for academic eligibility as well as applying to HQMC per the MARADMIN.

Application for Ph.D. programs will not be accepted for Marine Corps officers unless quotas are promulgated in the annual MARADMIN.

Graduate Education Service Obligation:

Obligation is determined and tracked by service-member's service as per two following dictates:

  • Title 10, U.S. Code—Armed Forces; Subtitle A, Part III, Chapter 101, Sec 2005 states “The Secretary concerned shall determine the period of active duty to be served by any person for advanced education. . . .”
  • DODDIR 1322.10 requires Secretaries of military departments ensure officers who have received a fully-funded or partially funded graduate education serve in return on active duty for a minimum of least three years or three times the length of the program if the program was less than one year. Additional service obligation can be prescribed by the service.

U.S. COAST GUARD OFFICERS

Each year, the USCG requests program managers to nominate officers for graduate education. If you are interested, read the Education and Training Manual on the USCG intranet and speak with your program manager.

All interested personnel are encouraged to be academically pre-screened by applying online.

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