The Graduate Education Voucher program (GEV) was established to provide increased opportunity and incentive for selected Unrestricted Line (URL) officers who wish to obtain a graduate degree during off-duty hours. While GEV participation is limited to selected URL officers, all eligible Navy officers are encouraged to pursue graduate education through one or more of the educational programs available to them. Navy leadership recognizes the value and importance of advanced education. However, there is a constant demand for quality officers to fill other Navy core billets, thereby limiting opportunity for resident advanced education. GEV enables selected officers, with demonstrated superior performance and potential for future contributions to the Navy, to earn a Navy-relevant master’s degree leading to an approved subspecialty while meeting other Navy needs.
GEV will cover graduate costs, including tuition, books, and registration/application fees. GEV offers up to $40,000 per degree, with a maximum of $20,000 per fiscal year, and participants are allotted a maximum of 24 months to complete a degree program. The officer shall agree to remain on active duty following program completion for a period equal to three times the number of months of education up to a maximum of 36 months. This obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation.
For more information regarding the Graduate Education Voucher program or to submit GEV paperwork, complete a Help Request and select the "AEV/GEV" category.
Here are the instructions that govern the GEV Program:
The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the Naval Service to enhance the security of the United States.
The Professional Military Education (PME) programs of the Naval War College prepare leaders for the challenges of operational and/or strategic level leadership over the remainder of their careers as decision makers and problem solvers.
The Law Education Program (LEP) gives active-duty Navy officers the opportunity to enter law school, earn the of degree Juris Doctor, and subsequently serve as career Navy judge advocates.
U.S. Navy JAG Corps website provides more valuable information.
Navy LEP Applications: Applications should be prepared per SECNAVINST 1520.7F and the current NAVADMIN and mailed to:
For more information regarding the Law Education Program or to submit paperwork, complete a Help Request and select the "Olmsted/Law Education/Scholarship" category.
Here are the instructions that govern the Law Education Program:
The Olmsted Foundation Scholar Program provides two years of graduate study using a foreign language while providing overseas cultural and travel opportunities. Olmsted Scholars achieve fluency in a foreign language, gain a deep appreciation for foreign cultures, and acquire regional expertise by traveling and studying overseas. Olmsted Scholars routinely receive degrees for their graduate study at foreign universities.
For more information regarding the Olmsted Foundation Scholar program or to submit paperwork, complete a Help Request and select the "Olmsted/Law Education/Scholarship" category.
Here are the instructions that govern the Olmsted Foundation Scholar Program:
Officers selected to participate in the Officer Scholarship Program by the United States Naval Academy (USNA) or the Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) must comply with the guidelines set forth in OPNAVINST 1520.24D .
All participants must submit the following reports while they are in the program.
Official Orders – Within 30 days after reporting to the university in the status of duty under instructions (DUINS), mail a copy of your official orders with your mailing address and commercial telephone number (printed on reverse) to Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC), Voluntary Education (VOLED) Detachment (Code N221B) Scholarship at the address given below. NETPDC VOLED N221B must be notified immediately of any future changes in your point of contact information.
Education Plan (EP) – Prior approval from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) (Code 521) is needed for any proposed changes to your approved Education Plan (EP) to ensure the Educational Skill Requirements (ESRs) are still met for the approved subspecialty code identified in your authorization letter. Requests for course changes must first be approved by the university counselor to ensure the changes will not delay the completion of your degree before requesting these changes from NPS (Code 521). Your request to NPS should include a copy of the original and proposed EP with the changes highlighted.
Program Changes – If circumstances arise, i.e., hospitalization or academic problems, which may delay successful completion of your degree, advise NETPDC N221B via the command you report to for administrative support. Contact your detailer first, if an extension is desired, to see if your community will support an extension. Request to extend in the Scholarship Program should be made at least three to six months in advance and must be accompanied by documentation of renewal of your scholarship and a signed education plan highlighting the proposed changes. Requests must be sent via NETPDC Code N221B.
Financial and Academic Reports – Upon completion of each academic term or at least yearly (include summer term), submit an accountability of the expenditure of the scholarship award in an itemized signed statement with an unofficial transcript to NETPDC Code N221B. Include the following information:
Final Transcript – Immediately after completion of the graduate degree, have the university send N221B an official transcript indicating the degree earned. This will then be forwarded to NPS to recommend the awarding of the subspecialty code earned and to document the degree received.
NETPDC VOLED (Code N221B)
Naval Education and Training Professional
VOLED Detachment (CODE N221B) Scholarship
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, FL 32509-5204
POC: (850) 473-6064 DSN 753-6064
Fax (850) 473-6067
Submit a VOLED Assistance Center help request
NPS (Code 521)
Graduate Education Review Specialist
Naval Postgraduate School (Code 521)
1 University Circle, Herman Hall, Rm HEO46
Monterey, CA 93943-5033
POC: (831) 656-3345