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United States Marine Corps
Joint Education Office
212 Bancroft Street
Bldg AS-212, 2nd deck
MCAS New River
Jacksonville, NC 28545
If you’ve ever considered taking your education a step further, you should look to your installation for more information and assistance. They can help you decide if receiving an advanced degree is right for you, tell you which local colleges and classes are offered and find out if you’re eligible for tuition assistance. The Voluntary Education Center, or Installation Education Center, is available to help you put together a plan to advance your education.
Military spouses can also choose to engage with an education and career coach through the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO. These coaches can assist them in exploring multiple tools, resources and information to reach their educational goals. To contact a career coach call 800-342-9647 or visit https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil.
The base Education Office can provide further information about adult education opportunities on base. The Joint Education Office phone number is 910-449-6623/5397.
Six colleges are represented on New River: Coastal Carolina Community College, Campbell University, Southern Illinois University, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and Webster University. The Education Office gives family members help on finding scholarships, educational loans and grants.
Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Agreements
The SOC is a consortium of more than 1500 public and private colleges and universities, as well as higher education associations established to assist Marines and Sailors in earning a college degree despite geographic and institutional obstacles. The SOC Criteria stipulate that institutional policies and practices are fair, equitable, and effective in recognizing the special and often limiting conditions faced by military students.
A home college is the SOCMAR college where you begin your studies and complete the minimum academic residency (i.e. the number of their courses needed to qualify for their degree). The home college evaluates your military and other learning experiences, combining them all into a SOCMAR Student Agreement that serves as your contract-for-degree. Then you have completed your study plan, either with your home college or, if you get transferred, at another SOCMAR college, the home college awards you a degree.
Marine Corps and Navy Personnel have an official document certifying military training and education for recommended college credit. This form is called the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). The Marine Corps and Navy have developed SMART jointly. SMART is an official transcript endorsing and recommending college credit for military education and training and is recognized by the American Council of Education (ACE). The previous version of this form was the DD-295. In some cases, service members who have more than ten years on active duty might still require the DD-295. Please see an education counselor for more information regarding this form.
United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)
Underwritten agreement between the United States Military Apprenticeship Program and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, a growing number of military skills can lead to certification of completion of an apprenticeship in jobs comparable to civilian fields.
An apprenticeship is a structured system of supervised training leading to certification in a designated trade, occupation, or craft. An apprentice is a person who works in a trade occupation or craft under an agreement or contract and under the supervision of a qualified tradesperson. The apprentice learns the knowledge, skills, tools, and materials of the trade, occupation, or craft through a combination of on-the-job training along with related study and in-school instruction.
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is authorized by DoD to conduct various Military Classification Tests, DANTES Testing Programs, various National Certification Examinations, and the proctoring of various exams for universities involved with Distant Learning outside the Camp Lejeune area. Personnel who are taking College Entrance exams (i.e. ACT/SAT) and other military classification tests to qualify for a military program should take them at least eight (8) weeks prior to the application deadline (particularly for Officer Candidate Programs). Rush scoring does not exist for ACT/SAT or any Military Classification Tests. All tests are scheduled by appointment only!
Military Academics Skills Program (MASP)
The MASP was developed to improve the competencies of active duty enlisted personnel in the academic skills of reading, communication/writing, and mathematics. In turn, Marines will be better prepared to retake the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) and to perform their mission. The MASP has replaced the Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP).
Any servicemen that wish to enroll in the MASP must pick up a packet of information from the Lifelong Learning Center. The information packet contains pages that must be routed through the service member's chain-of-command. Once approved and signed, the paperwork is returned to the Lifelong Learning Center and the service member is scheduled to take a pre-test.
Many colleges and universities section has offices located in the Base Lifelong Learning Center, 825 Stone Street: