Check out the May DIB!

 Some of the articles include:

- Join DANTES and Navy VolEd in celebrating the big 4-0

- 2014 GED voucher and reimbursement information

- SOC updates

- ACE military programs webinar dates

- TTT News and Transitioning from Troop to Teacher

- From the Desks of the Senior Enlisted Advisor and Reserve Component Advisor

- Changes to Service education programs

- New DANTES Web site links

- OASC & CPST - One registration, two programs

Putting off your education? Don’t!

pro·cras·ti·nate (verb) to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
ma·ña·na  (Spanish noun) tomorrow; the (indefinite) future.
“I'll think about that tomorrow.” Scarlett O'Hara's famous last words in “Gone With The Wind” by Margaret Mitchell

I am the Queen of the Procrastinators. Every year on January first, I resolve to do my income tax returns as soon as those pesky forms arrive. And every year I flip the calendar to April and say, well, I won't go into what I say. Birthday cards? I buy them early, and maybe, just maybe, I'll mail them. Christmas presents are supposed to be wrapped in plastic grocery bags, right? Right? And don't even get me started on last year's vacation pictures that I was going to edit, caption, and upload to the cloud for everyone to see. In other words, I am too often like Scarlett – I put a hand to my forehead, close my eyes, and say, in a breathy Southern drawl - “I'll think about that tomorrow!”

Fortunately, one thing I didn't procrastinate about was my education. I started taking college courses way back before I joined the Navy (I wrote my papers on parchment paper with a quill pen, according to my smart-aleck sons). During my career, I used tuition assistance to take courses as my duties allowed, took a subject-specific GRE, and used ACE-recommended credits for my Navy training and experience. It may have taken me over 15 years, without much in the way of helpful education counseling I might add, but I finally put it all together in a degree plan and received my bachelor's degree. Not bad, considering my ‘mañana’ tendencies.

If I were to try the same thing today, it would go much, much easier. Now there are many programs and services in place that make the entire education process easier: SOC and MOUs ensure Service members’ credits transfer with them so that they don't have to repeat courses; the Joint Service Transcript (JST) and Air Force Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript consolidate military training and experience into recommended credits that college institutions may apply to degree programs to reduce time and money for Service members; education counselors, both human and virtual, as well as agencies like DANTES, are available to help with every step of the way. Many resources, like OASC/CPST and the MWR Library, are in place with the sole purpose to help Service members reach their education goals. Service members no longer have to go it alone to reach their goals. Expert help is there for the asking.

So, to all you procrastinators out there - GET STARTED, if you haven't already. What are you waiting for? Meet with an education counselor, formulate a plan for your educational goal, move toward it, and don't wait until tomorrow! Tuition assistance is here now, but changes are in the wind. Downsizing is on the horizon. Take advantage of your education benefits NOW, while you still have them. No excuses. No 'mañana'. No “I'll think about that tomorrow.” Get started today!

Now, I'm off to mail my Valentine's Day cards. Maybe I'll add a note to say that they are for 2015 and be early for a change!

For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site

Nancy Hamilton, DANTES Editor

Farewell Lt. Col. Stanley!

LTC StanleyDANTES bids farewell to Lt. Col. Eurydice Stanley, DANTES Reserve Component Advisor (RCA), who retires this month after 20 years Service in the National Guard. As RCA, she was an active spokesperson for voluntary education, presenting educational awareness training at military installations from Alaska to Washington, D.C., assisting DoD Reserve personnel and family members achieve their personal and professional education goals.

Considering herself to be a life-long learner, it is no surprise that she also enjoyed presenting relevant training classes to Service members. She wrote many articles that were published in forums such as Joint Forces Quarterly, Military Advanced Education, and the Stars and Stripes newspaper.

Stanley received an Army ROTC scholarship to attend Florida A & M University (FAMU) where she earned a degree in Public Management. A Distinguished Military Graduate, she was commissioned in 1990, awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota, receiving a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations, and studied International Business in Lyon, France. She graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Baptist University in 2000 with a doctorate in Christian Counseling and Psychology.

Stanley said, “I take great pride in a career dedicated to human relations training, public affairs and Service member education, and in taking care of Service members.”

Join us in wishing her all the best, and Fair Winds and Following Seas. Hooah!

Troops to Teachers is Fired Up

I have to say that exciting things are occurring within the Troops to Teachers organization: TTT participants are being featured on the White House Joining Forces Blog; we are getting ready to celebrate TTT’s 20th anniversary in October; and we just completed our most successful state/regional managers meeting to date.

One of the most exciting sessions during that meeting was presented by Joey Strickland, TTT Director of Indian Affairs. He really keyed in on the need for our Native American Service members to “Continue to Serve” in America’s classrooms, especially on reservations and in remote locations.

If you would like to see more highlights of our meeting, please view the April DANTES Information Bulletin located at

For information on how to become part of this remarkable program, please visit and be part of a team that is reaching for the stars.

For valuable education resources, check out the DANTES Web site

Teresa Daniels, DANTES Troops to Teachers Assistant Chief

Security – A Thing of the Past?

I remember when all it took was a locked door to be secure. Those days are long gone. Now, with the electronic world enveloping you 24/7, all it takes is a weak password or lazy security practice to lay your personal life open to anyone evil enough to take advantage of it. I can barely remember all of my passwords that require “2 upper, 2 lower, 2 numbers, 2 special characters, 3 hieroglyphs, 1 color, and a 15-digit binary number.” Well, at least that's what it seems to take these days to be sure no one can peek at all of my cat pictures posted to my social media accounts. Or, maybe more importantly, my on-line banking data.

It seems like every day there are news reports about some security breach due to hackers or someone losing a laptop packed full of unencrypted personal data (WHO WOULD DO THAT????); major companies hacked for credit card information; banks releasing account information; our own government hacked by the bad guys – losing who knows what kind of information. Paying attention yet? You should be.

Graphic of Password windowSo, what can you do about it? Well, first go change your passwords. And seriously, make them hard to crack – not your kid's birth dates, or your favorite sports team, or your street address. Next, take a hard look at your personal habits. Are you glued to your smartphone, checking posts and videos and photos – installing apps without looking into just what they have access to? When was the last time you updated the security patches and anti-virus signatures on your computer? (If you have to ask “what's that?” then it's been toooooo long so get busy!) What about that really cute guy sitting behind you at the coffee house when you did some online banking? Think he was enamored with your winning smile? Or maybe, just maybe, was he writing down all of your personal information? I hate to tell you, but it's a scary scary world out there in cyberland.

If you want to get a handle on the latest virus or threat, just search the Internet and you'll find plenty of information. Look for online technical publications or companies, search for blogs, check out the news services. One blog that has great information is KrebsonSecurity by Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter and self-taught computer and Internet security expert. His blog is full of informative and frightening stories on the latest cyber-threats and security issues. Just the other day he posted ‘Heartbleed’ Bug Exposes Passwords, Web Site Encryption Keys, an extremely critical vulnerability in recent versions of OpenSSL. OpenSSL – you know – the technology that puts the 'secure' in 'https://'. THAT OpenSSL. Scared yet? Changed your passwords yet? The answer to both questions should be a resounding “YES!”

If you want to be more than a passive observer to all this craziness, you should know that cybersecurity is one of the hottest and fasting growing job fields. Learn more about career paths at

No Trespassing signOf course, there are non-technical answers to the cyber-security problems out there. In fact, I think I've found one myself. So pardon me while I go find a nice cave to live in... with wifi of course.

For valuable education resources, check out the DANTES Web site

Nancy Hamilton, DANTES Editor

April DIB now on line

Check out the DANTES April DIB at :

Articles include:

- Evolving through collaboration and innovation: TTT State/Regional Managers annual meeting

- Celebrating VolEd's 40th anniversay with #My5Words campaign

- CLEP/DSST-A-Thon held at Ramstein Airbase

- DANTES survey identified potential JST enhancements

- TTT Critical MASS

- Fair Winds and Following Seas to DANTES Reserve Component Advisor

Nancy Hamilton, DANTES Editor

Top Degrees Employers Want in 2014

Thinking about transitioning from the military into the civilian labor market soon? With all of the news about unemployment rates, reductions in the size of the military forces, and an economy that isn’t embracing or hiring recent college graduates, some people may fear that there is a lack of options as a veteran seeking employment. However, there is hope. A recent report produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers says that employers expect to increase their hiring of recent college graduates by at least 7.8%.

In general, the report shows that employers are most interested in hiring graduates with bachelor’s degrees in business, engineering, computer/information science, sciences, and communications disciplines. More specifically, these top majors include:

  • Business degrees in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration/Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.
  • Science degrees in Mathematics (including Statistics), Chemistry, and Physics.
  • Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.
  • Communication degrees include Communications and Public Relations.

Notice that many of these degrees require a heavy emphasis in math and written/verbal communication. If you have not begun to pursue your college education, consider using the Online Academic Skills Course or the College Placement Skills Training provided at no cost to active duty and reserve military members. Also, talk to your Service’s local or virtual professional military education counselor about your degree options. If you are already in school and need assistance in a certain subject, reach out to your school’s academic support center (sometimes called Math and Writing Lab or Learning Support Center). Even if you are attending an online school, additional academic support is available to you.

Don’t fret if you are in school and not pursuing one of these degrees. However, you do need to know the job outlook for your potential occupational field and post-military location. To find out more about employment trends for a particular state, check out the national CareerOneStop website.

For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site

Taheesha Quarells is the Education Project Manager at DANTES. With over 10 years of experience, she is dedicated to expanding academic and career development opportunities for military members, veterans, and their family members.

TTT Spotlight: Jorge Pulleiro

I just read a great post on the White House blog about Jorge Pulleiro, who was among 47 others distinguished as “gold star” educators — teachers with success in the TTT program and the classroom, shining examples of what TTT does to support, guide and get the best of our military folks into the classrooms and schools, where they can continue to make a difference.

Teresa Daniels, DANTES Troops to Teachers Assistant Department Head

Posted by Colonel Rich Morales on March 04, 2014 at 11:31 AM EDT

We all had teachers who influenced us and helped make us the adults we are today. In 2014, we will be honoring teachers who are having a lasting impact on their students each and every day, and who have also had a lasting impact on our nation – because these teachers are veterans who have chosen to begin a new career in the classroom after serving in the armed forces. 

Our schools across the United States are benefiting from these former service members who are proud to serve their country again as teachers. They bring their unique talents into classrooms and are influencing a new generation of students. The White House and the Department of Defense, through the Troops to Teachers program, are joining forces to bring veterans' unique talents to public schools. Veterans offer unmatched skills, experience, and dedication to the schools and students they now serve.

Pulleiro_Web Our first spotlight is Troops to Teachers participant Jorge Pulleiro, a Spanish teacher at Wood River Middle School in Hailey, Idaho. Prior to becoming a middle school Spanish teacher, Mr. Pulleiro served in the United States Army for six years. His Army career took him from North Carolina to Heidelberg, Germany, and points in between. He served as a rear detachment commander for the Army in Germany; a protocol officer and escort for distinguished visitors; and as a team member of the casualty assistance center, where he was involved in the important and somber work of casualty incidents, family notification, casualty assistance, mortuary services and burial honors.

The Troops to Teachers program provided him with the counseling and assistance needed to successfully complete graduate studies and receive his teaching certification. He’s been in the classroom since 2005 as a Spanish language arts teacher. Mr. Pulleiro now uses the skills and experience gained in the Army and is proud to serve -- again -- as a teacher.

Jorge is the first to say that his military training and experience prepared him well for his work in the classroom.

“In the Army, I had to be a flexible and imaginative leader with positive and often urgent, effective reaction to the unexpected. These gained skills transferred to the education arena, as I constantly have to demonstrate flexibility and use imagination in the classroom.” 

 Jorge points out that a military leader doesn’t exist for his own individual personal value, but for his or her ability to show the way and inspire others to follow.  The same is true for teachers, he says.

“As a teacher … my goal has always been to put my students first and to live in such a way that my students would want to follow my counsel.”

Wood River Middle School Principal, Mr. Fritz Peters, says that Mr. Pulleiro is an engaging and  dynamic educator who not only leads by example, but continues to look for new ways to engage his students.

 "He has organized a program to bring exchange students from Spain to our high school, and during our last trimester, we will have middle-level exchange students for the first time at Wood River Middle School. He is starting a travel program for our high-level Spanish speakers to travel to Puerto Rico, and he has initiated field trips for his students to attend cultural events that honor the arts in the Latino culture. In short, he has tons of initiative and is an excellent role model for our Latino students.”

We send a special thanks to Mr. Jorge Pulleiro and to all teachers who once served our Nation in uniform and are now serving our country again as teachers. We are grateful for your service.

Too Old for School? Part 2

Veterans Says No!

Anyone at any age with the desire to learn can “do college.” I can attest to this based on the many phone inquiries I receive here at DANTES from individuals of varying ages, asking for transcript information. The primary reason they are asking is because they are going back to school. Other reasons for transcripts include  employment verification or  for VA programs, such as the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

If I had to guess the average age of the veteran that is contacting DANTES for related information, the statistic would be greatly skewed! Although the average age of today’s college student is about 29 years of age, the average age is on the rise. In fact, we can expect that it will continue to increase as the “not so average” older adult and some veterans 60+ years of age are jumping in to “do college.” From the words of one of the wisest of DANTES customers, “Age is only my number and I want to finish my education to have something to show and pass to my grandchildren’s children.”  So, what are you waiting for?  Don’t let age restrict you. Jump in and learn how to “do college” today!

For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site

Stacey Kirkpatrick is the Examinations Program Operations Manager for DANTES. She has over 10 years experience helping military members reach their education goals.