Three Things to Know About
Navy College App Updates

The Navy College Program (NCP) mobile application’s latest update, released Feb. 28.

The NCP app is primarily for active-duty members and is a key tool for educational service officers and career counselors. The app provides access to voluntary education planning tools; the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) through phone, live chat, or help ticket; contact information on open overseas Navy College Offices; the MyEducation module; training videos; and additional resources.
Here are three NCP app updates every Sailor should know about:

1. Look and Feel. A new and improved design makes it easier to navigate the app, and even after adding new features, the app takes up less space on devices.

2. MyEducation Access. The MyEducation module and required training videos can now be accessed by entering in name, date of birth, and Department of Defense ID number instead of using a Common Access Card (CAC) for those times when Sailors cannot log on to a CAC-enabled computer.

3. 24-Hour Support During the Week. Combining the NCVEC hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST) with the hours of 11 overseas Navy College Offices gives Sailors 24-hour support Monday through Friday. A new app feature connects Sailors with contact information for any open Navy College Office. Sailors can now also search frequently asked questions, another self-service tool right at a Sailor’s fingertips with the app.

The app’s tools are relevant to all Navy applicants, current Sailors, transitioning Sailors, and veterans. Featuring public content only, no authentication or authorization is required.

Users can download the app from the iTunes and Google Play online stores at no cost. To find the free NCP app, search “Navy College” or “NCP” in app stores or in your web browser.

For more information on Navy Voluntary Education, visit the NCP website at, and check out the Navy College Chatbot and online VOLED Assistance Center. Follow Navy VOLED on Facebook at for the latest news and updates.

The Navy College Program App was developed by the Navy’s Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) which assists Sailors with their manpower, personnel, training and education needs. The NCP app is part of a family of official Navy apps that can be found by visiting the Navy App Locker at In addition to educational apps, Sailors will find apps on fitness, uniforms and financial planning.


Welcome Home!

Machinist’s Mate Nuclear Second Class Kyle Parden greets his wife Shelby Parden and his three-year-old daughter, Lucella, with the traditional first hug during a homecoming celebration for the Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Hoskins


The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) arrived at HMAS Stirling, Australia for a scheduled port visit this February 2019. They quickly found ways to engage with the local community, like volunteering at Perth Zoo’s Australian bushwalking area, relocating kangaroo feeding stations, mulching, and distributing new sand.

Photo courtesy U.S. Consulate Perth



Department of the Navy Announces  New Education Initiatives

The Department of the Navy (DoN) released its Education for Seapower report Feb. 12, along with the Secretary of the Navy’s action memorandum providing the way forward for the new education initiatives for the department.

The Education for Seapower study was a clean-sheet review of naval learning and focused on flagship institutions like the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and Naval and Marine War Colleges, along with a fresh look at the relationships with civilian academic institutions and corporate learning structures.

Highlights from the memorandum include a new Secretary of the Navy staff assistant, Chief Learning Officer for naval education, intent to establish a Naval Community College with universal transcripts so enlisted Sailors and Marines can soon earn accredited associate’s degrees in technology-rich fields, and a new Naval University System that retains the strengths of current educational institutions while aligning strategic intent in order to provide increased agility. While the DoN is enacting these changes, many initiatives within them will, over the next year, be evaluated for their efficacy before being fully implemented.

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