Navy Counselor — Chief Joseph Seiler

The educational opportunities in the Navy help Navy Sailors achieve whatever goal they have of if it’s getting a college education while they’re in or coming in and getting experience and utilizing the GI Bill when they get out. My name is Joseph Seiler. I am a Chief Navy Counselor in the United States Navy. The responsibilities as the Navy counselor for any command, the Sailors that come in and are assigned to me, what goals they have, whatever education they want to accomplish it’s my job to make sure they fulfill those to the best of their ability. It just really depends on what their end goal is. If they want to just be in the Navy for four years and they’re gonna use the job when they get out, they basically want to knock out some simple things while they’re in, I’ll lead them in that direction. If they want to get a degree to pursue OCS, which is Officer Candidate School, I’ll lead them in a whole other direction. So, it really depends on what their goal is and what best program suits them. Yes, there is definitely someone on every ship to take care of Sailors’ needs with education. It really depends on the size of the ship if it’s a civilian or if it’s a military member like myself. Tuition Assistance allows a Sailor to do off-duty education at no cost to them. While they’re on shore they can attend a college off duty, but on ships, they’ll be using online classes. The Post 9/11 GI Bill allows Sailors to go to college after they get out of the Navy literally at no cost to them. They can transfer it to their spouse, they can transfer it to their dependents. Also with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the opportunity is there for Sailors to go to private schools that do exceed what the Post 9/11 GI Bill is. And there’s other programs that can couple with the Post 9/11 to allow them to do that. Another way to maximize your college opportunities in the Navy is to fully utilize your Tuition Assistance prior to using your Post 9/11 GI Bill. That way you can maximize the amount of of credits you can transfer to your family, such as your spouse or your children. The NCPACE Program. It allows students or Sailors that are deployed to still attend college via either self-paced or instructor-led classes. The self-paced ones – it’s as simple as turning in their homework, doing a already scheduled midterm and a scheduled final and they get college credit. It’s that easy. Thank you for watching this Navy webcast. If you have any questions, visit or find us on Facebook.

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