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As an education services officer (ESO), education counselor, and education specialist, you have the distinct privilege of assisting military members with their education and career path. DANTES provides a variety of program tools and resources to help you stay informed and up to date on DoD's education support programs.

Counselor Support Tools

Read the Monthly Newsletter

The DANTES Information Bulletin (DIB) is a monthly newsletter designed to help voluntary education (VolEd) professionals learn about Defense education programs, tools, and resources to better serve military members.

For the latest information on DANTES-sponsored programs, the following VolEd professionals are encouraged to subscribe and read the newsletter:

  • Education Counselors
  • Education Services Officers
  • Education Services Specialists
  • Education Technicians
  • Testing Personnel (e.g. Test Control Officers, Test Examiners, etc.)
  • College and University Representatives

What's Inside?

Each issue includes:

  • An in-depth article highlighting an education program or theme
  • "Counselor’s Corner" with tools, resources, training support, and tips to leverage the highlighted program
  • "Hot News" provides updates on Defense education program initiatives
  • "Troops to Teachers Spotlight" offers program updates and participant success stories


Get the Newsletter in your Inbox!

Subscribe to receive monthly notifications when a new issue is available.


Follow News & Updates

Follow current news and press releases on the DANTES Pulse Blog

Share Social Media

Help Service members learn more about DANTES programs and services through social media. Share Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn posts from our social media platforms. On a regular basis, DANTES creates content that can be shared by the military Services and other partners in support of Service member awareness of voluntary education opportunities. All posts are tailored to deliver the following key messages to Service members:
  • Emphasize the value of an education and why it is an important strategic investment in the future.
  • Enhance Service member understanding of their education benefits and how to access them.
  • Inspire military students to become more informed consumers of their education-career pathway.
  • Strive to improve commitment to success and active decision-making as opportunities are pursued.
  • Promote the value of choosing a quality education that supports military career development, future professional opportunities, and personal growth.
Like, Follow, and Share social media posts to stay up to date on education opportunities and promote awareness throughout your military Service and beyond!

Videos For Sharing

In many cases, videos are more memorable than traditional written content. If you are looking for videos, podcasts, and public service announcements to enhance the sharing of DANTES-sponsored voluntary education program information, use the DANTES YouTube Channel for content. Voluntary education professionals have access to the most up-to-date videos available to promote or help explain Defense voluntary education programs. DANTES videos offer:
  • Education program tutorials
  • Short social media videos
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Motivational videos to inspire pursuing voluntary education
  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring education program highlights
  • Podcasts for understanding how programs work

Program Materials

Professional Development & Training Resources

DoD VolEd Professional Development Institute (PDI)

The Department of Defense Voluntary Education (DoD VolEd) and DANTES hosted the first annual Professional Development Institute (PDI), June 6-8, 2018. The PDI supported the DoD VolEd Strategic Plan's focus on enabling a "Viable Voluntary Education Community". The event was designed to equip installation level VolEd professionals with the skills to best support the military Services' efforts to shape, recruit, train, educate and retain a diverse workforce to successfully execute current and future Defense missions. Based on participant feedback, the first PDI was a successful event and we look forward to the 2019 PDI. For those interested in helping to make sure that next year's PDI is even better, contact your Service POC to let them know that you would like to serve on the planning committee.

  • PDI PRESENTATIONS
    Supporting documents/files, to include speaker presentation slides, have been posted on the DANTES MilSuite site to serve as learning aids and reference tools for all VolEd personnel. It is a CAC enabled site and may require registration for first time users.

Kuder Journey Training

Learn how to effectively counsel Service members on Kuder Journey through tutorials and additional training opportunities by visiting the Kuder Journey website.

Academic Skills Administrator Training

Help Service members improve their math and English skills with Academic Skills Administrator Training for both the Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) and the College Placement Skills Training Program (CPST). Learn More.

Download and print OASC & CPST support material.

Service Member Blog

The DANTES4Military blog is an official DoD blog written for the Service member about the Defense Department's voluntary education opportunities. This resource can be shared with your military members and students to help them dive deeper into the education programs that DoD and DANTES offer. The blog is written to them for a better understanding of the education support benefits that can save them time and money on their education journey.

Publications

DANTES education reference publications are available ONLY to military education centers and other military offices providing educational counseling to military members (i.e. Wounded Warrior Education Counselors).

DANTES annual educational publications ordering process for 2018 is closed. Please email refpubs@navy.mil with any questions.

Click here to view and download the Ordering Process Overview.

DANTES provides books, brochures, and electronic-formatted materials as educational resources on the following topics:

  • Financial Aid for College
  • Searches for College Majors and Degrees
  • Veterans Affairs Education Benefits
  • Accreditation
  • Other College Education Information

NOTE: DANTES exam marketing materials are not a part of the annual process. Contact refpubs@navy.mil for more information.

Become a Test Control Officer (TCO)

What is a TCO?

Test Control Officers (TCOs) are military members, federal civil service, and contract employees appointed by DANTES to manage the administration and safeguarding of paper-based DANTES-sponsored testing.

How do I become a TCO or Test Examiner?

Potential TCOs, Alternate TCOs (ATCOs), or Interim TCO (ITCOs) must be nominated by your Service headquarters through a nomination package. Detailed instructions are found in the DANTES Examinations Program Handbook (DEPH), which is available via the DANTES Academic Information Management System (DAIMS).

Potential Test Examiners must be nominated and approved by the current DANTES TCO as outlined in the DEPH. Since DANTES does not appoint test examiners, adequate controls must be developed by the Service to minimize the potential for conflict of interest and security breaches.

Nominated personnel must successfully complete the TCO Training Course in order to become a TCO/ATCO/ITCO or Test Examiner. Appointed personnel must maintain an active account in DAIMS.

For DANTES Test Sites located in overseas areas (e.g., Europe, Middle East, etc.), the Service headquarters must contact: usarmy.badenwur.mbx.dantes-euro@mail.mil for TCO/ATCO/ITCO and Test Examiner nominations.

How do I access the TCO Training Course?

To obtain access to the TCO Training Course, a potential candidate must be nominated by their headquarters/major command. A training account will be established for the nominee once the DANTES Exams program receives the nomination package. The nominee will receive an automated "welcome" email, including login and password information.

While course completion is estimated to take four hours, the student has 30 days to finish the course and pass the final exam. DANTES is automatically notified when a student successfully completes training course requirements.

How do I access refresher training?

All test site personnel must take refresher training every two years. Contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to request access. Personnel at OCONUS DANTES Test Sites (e.g., Europe, Middle East, etc.), should contact usarmy.badenwur.mbx.dantes-euro@mail.mil. A training account will be established for the student once the DANTES Exams program receives the request. The student will receive an automated "welcome" email, including login and password information.

Establish a National Test Center

National Test Centers (NTCs) are local or on-base colleges or universities that offer academic testing for DANTES-funded Service members. DANTES funds both fees for tests taken at all on-base NTCs, as well as those local NTCs identified as Fully-Funded. NTCs are a convenient option for Service members.

Military education centers interested in establishing an on-base NTC must coordinate with the local college/university, the base Commanding Officer, and DANTES.

For more information on starting an NTC, email exams@navy.mil.

European Region NTCs

For inquiries concerning establishing NTC operations in Europe, please contact the IMCOM Europe Region Army Continuing Education System (ACES) representative at DSN/VOIP 314.544.1210/1230, CML 011-49-611-143-544-1210/1230, or by email at mark.a.summerlin.civ@mail.mil.

All Other Overseas NTCs

For inquiries concerning establishing NTC operations in the Middle East, Africa, and locations throughout Southwest Asia, contact the DANTES European Representative at DSN/VOIP 314.544.1210/1230, CML 011-49-611-143-544-1210/1230, or email at usarmy.badenwur.mbx.dantes-euro@mail.mil.

As a school representative, you have the distinct privilege of assisting Service members with their education and career path. DANTES provides many programs that can assist military students in their education journey. The Joint Services Transcript, Credit-by-Examination program, and reimbursement of College Admission Exam fees are just a few.

Take a look around the website. Print the fact sheets and share this information with your military students. If you have further questions, please contact our Help Desk.

Become a DoD MOU School

The Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) is a partnership between accredited academic institutions and the Defense Department to ensure that Service members are attending quality educational programs. Only schools that have completed a rigorous screening process and have been accepted into the DoD MOU are allowed to accept military tuition assistance (TA) benefits. There are more than 2,800 partnership academic institutions at over 12,000 locations. Visit the DoD MOU website to find more information on how to become a DoD MOU school.

Become a SOC School

The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) offers military members access to accredited colleges and universities.

The program is currently undergoing changes to operations and management. As part of the transition, actions are being taken to modernize products, services, and a website platform to better meet the challenges that Service members face when transitioning from military service to the civilian workforce.

A centerpiece of SOC's modernization is to work with the military Services, federal government, industry partners, and academic credential providers to build vetted "Career Pathway Networks." These networks will help Service members and Voluntary Education counselors (who advise them) to understand how to enter and promote within high-demand career pathways. SOC is currently working to pilot the first Career Pathway Network. It is focused on Cybersecurity to listen, learn, and refine the approach, processes, and participation criteria.

Please check SOC's MODERNIZATION link for more details and periodic updates. To become a SOC member school, visit the SOC website.

Service Member Blog

The DANTES4Military blog is an official DoD blog written for the Service member about the Defense Department's voluntary education opportunities. This resource can be shared with military members and students to help them dive deeper into the education programs that DoD and DANTES offer. The blog is written to military students for a better understanding of the education support benefits that can save them time and money on their education journey. Visit the blog to gain knowledge about all ofof the no-cost programs available to military students.