Voluntary Education Department of Defense Policy

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the Department of Defense policies that govern voluntary education programs in the military including tuition assistance, Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

DoD Directive 1322.08E, "Voluntary Education Programs for Military Personnel," January 3, 2005, certified as current April 23, 2007 This Directive updates policy that establishes voluntary education programs in each of the branches of Service and states that the amount of monetary support provided to Service members as tuition assistance shall be uniform across the Services.

DoD Instruction 1322.19, "Voluntary Education Programs in Overseas Areas," May 9, 1988 This Instruction prescribes uniform policies and assigns responsibilities for the branches of Service to avoid duplication of post-secondary education offerings in overseas locations.

DoD Instruction 1322.25, "Voluntary Education Programs," March 15, 2011 This Instruction implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the operation of voluntary education programs in DoD and establishes the Interservice Voluntary Education Working Group.


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