Defense Activity For Non-Traditional Education Support (Dantes)

In accordance with the Department of Defense Instruction 1322.5, February 1997, Enclosure 7, DANTES’ mission is to support the off-duty voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and conduct special projects and development activities in support of education-related functions of the Department. 

DANTES offers many different programs and services and support all of the Department of Defense (DOD) components as well as the Coast Guard. Because of this variety, it is difficult to make blanket statements regarding eligibility. The programs offered are treated differently by the various Service components; eligibility qualifications differ from Service to Service and from component to component. In addition to contacting DANTES Program Managers, the veteran could also try to determine eligibility by contacting a representative of the Service’s Voluntary Education Program-Army or Air Force Education Center, Navy College Office, Marine Lifelong Learning Center of the Coast Guard Institute. For more information visit