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Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), a DOD activity at Saufley Field, provides education programs and services which enable service members to achieve their military and civilian career goals. By using DANTES programs and services, service members can prepare for college entrance, earn college credit or complete their college degree wherever they are stationed.

Services DANTES provides:

• Preparation for college, including:

  • College & Career Planning (Kuder Journey) assess a service member’s interests and skills to recommend appropriate education and career paths.
  • Distance Learning Readiness Self-Assessment (DLSRA) assists service members self-assess and improve their readiness for learning outside of the traditional classroom setting.
  • Academic Skill improvement (Online Academic Skills Course and College Placement Skills Training) offers assistance with building math, reading and writing skills.
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE provides the ability to compare educational programs to assist with choosing the right academic institution.

• DANTES-sponsored examinations provide several programs through which an individual may:

  • Earn high school credentials.
  • Satisfy undergraduate- and graduate-level college admission requirements.
  • Earn college credit.
  • Gain professional teaching certification.

• Military Evaluations program provides an evaluation of military training and education that translates courses and occupations held by service members into recommended college credit.

• Academic Institution Partnerships maximize postsecondary educational opportunities for service members.

• DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU) between DOD and academic institutions provide service members access to quality institutions approved to participate in the tuition assistance program.

• Servicemember’s Opportunity Colleges supports the military services by working with accredited academic institutions to maximize education opportunities for service members at the postsecondary level.

• Troops to Teachers (TTT) program provides counseling, employment and financial assistance to eligible service members and veterans transition to careers as certified K-12 public school teachers.

Federal Prison Camp Pensacola

The Federal Prison Camp Pensacola, located on Saufley Field, was established in April 1988 to provide inmate manpower to various components of the Pensacola Naval Complex. The agreement between the Bureau of Prisons and the Navy is similar to the existing one with the U.S. Air Force in the establishment of the Federal Prison Camp at Maxwell Air Force Base. Saufley Field’s prison camp has a fluctuating population but can house up to 820 inmates, with over 260 inmates providing manpower to the Navy. The work these inmates perform is predominately grounds maintenance and common-labor type work. An additional 110 inmates are assigned to Eglin Air Force Base details performing roads and grounds maintenance. The prison camp has a staff complement of 106.

Naval Education and Training


Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Saufley Field’s (NETPDC) mission is “To design, develop and administer Voluntary Education programs; to administer the Navy’s Enlisted Advancement program; to provide Resources Management services to assigned activities; and to perform such other functions and tasks as may be assigned by higher authority.

Navy Operational Support Center Pensacola

Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Pensacola serves 29 Navy Reserve units with approximately 550 SELRES assigned. A majority of these Reservists reside in the West Florida and Alabama area. Full-time support staff consist of two officers, 26 enlisted personnel and one civilian who provide administrative support for the Reservists. The staff coordinates administrative and training requirements based on individual and unit requirements. The primary mission is to administratively prepare Reservists for mobilization. NOSC Pensacola usually drill on the first weekend of the month. The Navy Reserve Recruiting Office is also located here with two enlisted recruiters. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on drill weekends. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. In case of emergency, contact CDO at 850-384-4023.


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