GROTON, Conn. - Navy College Office Region Mid-Atlantic in conjunction with Connecticut Troops to Teachers hosted a one-day education fair aboard Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London, Aug. 14.

Sailors had the opportunity to meet with 15 representatives from colleges, universities and government agencies to find out about educational programs and degrees they can pursue.

Cynthia Moon, Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Navy College Program Advisor, was onsite to help facilitate the event and explained why higher education is important for service members.

“Higher education is a benefit our Sailors are entitled too via tuition assistance, CLEP [College-Level Examination Program] and DANTES [Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support] testing and the utilization of these benefits is a win-win for our Sailors and the Navy,” said Moon.

Moon also gave some advice for service members who might be hesitant about taking college courses.

“I would say try it since it is a benefit called voluntary education,” said Moon.

Moon added there are other education options outside of getting a college degree.

“There are other programs other than obtaining degrees such as certifications, USMAP [United Services Military Apprenticeship Program] and Navy Cool,” said Moon. “I understand that not everyone entered the Navy to obtain a degree.”

Moon added that although the Navy College Office has transitioned into a Regional Adviser oversight in addition to the Navy College Program Virtual Education Center, there was still support available for Sailors to speak face-face about education opportunities with representatives from Three Rivers Community College, which is located aboard SUBASE New London in building 83.

For more information on the voluntary education opportunities available for service members, visit

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