By Eric Crosby, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The Department of Defense voluntary education partnership memorandum of understanding (MOU), a document between higher education institutions and the U.S. government, went into effect March 1.
Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25 Voluntary Education Programs, states all institutions providing high school completion and post-secondary education programs through the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program must agree to the new DoD MOU and have a signed copy on-file with DoD prior to Service members receiving TA approval to attend their institution.
“The Navy will no longer issue TA vouchers for colleges that have not signed the DOD MOU,” said Dr. Jonathan Woods, (OPNAV 153 Education Branch). “DoD is not entertaining exceptions to this policy. Since most schools and colleges that serve Sailors have already signed the MOU, very few Sailors should be impacted by this policy. If there is any question, Sailors can check the status of their school at www.dodmou.com before submitting a TA request.”
Sailors are also encouraged to talk to an education professional at the Navy College Office to explore all their options regarding best fit between degree programs and educational goals. Counselors can help maximize training and experiential credit opportunities and guide Sailors to meet degree requirements in the most economical way.
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GET STARTED. Listed below are three easy steps to assist you with submitting the DoD MOU Verification Application:
- Step 1: View a sample of the DoD MOU.
- Step 2: Review checklist prior to submitting the Verification Application.
- Step 3: Begin the DoD MOU Verification Application.