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Educational Services Office
Personnel Services Division (pp)
Personnel Support Department
Base Portsmouth

Name Position Phone
Ms. Monica Bailey Educational Services Officer 757-686-4005

The Learning Center is located in the Barracks/Galley Building.  Enter through the door on the far left, go through two sets of double doors and turn right, second door on the left.

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 0730 to 1600
Counseling Available by appointment

Education Information:

A list of scholarships is posted weekly on the Base Portsmouth Electronic Bulletin Board, but if you would like to receive the same information in your personal e-mail, please sign up at the link provided; if not for you, maybe you have a college bound senior; or a child already attending college; or a spouse who's looking for money for school; or maybe your expenses exceed tuition assistance.  It's not restricted to .mil addresses so everyone can sign-up.

Testing (by appointment only):

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Did you say you wanted to learn a foreign language? Or maybe you need a refresher course.  Well, Mango Languages is finally available.  Enrollment is limited to active, reserve, and federal employees and USCG e-mail addresses.  Click on Mango Languages to start a conversation today.  Members from other CG districts should contact their Regional ESO to see if this service is available in their district.

College Visits:

The following colleges come to the Base Learning Center monthly from 1100 to 1300.  Walk-ins are encouraged.

Tidewater Community College

Old Dominion University

University of Phoenix

Coastline Community College

Norfolk State University

Columbia College (of Missouri)

Tuition Assistance (TA):

Request to File Tuition Assistance Application (Local Form)

Base Portsmouth uses electronic TA (WEBTA) processing.  Please contact Ms. Monica Bailey @ or call (757) 686-4005 for details.  Members of other commands should contact their respective Education Services Officers for information on what they should do to process their TA.

More of TA:

Credit for Military Experience:

All members seeking Coast Guard tuition assistance at the undergraduate (associates and bachelors) level will be required to have a current assessment no older than four years before receiving Coast Guard tuition assistance.  Members are encouraged to submit their Application for Transcript (CGI-1561) requests through their unit ESOs as soon as possible to avoid any delay in receiving tuition assistance.

Professional Development:

The University of Central Missouri is now offering the world famous DALE CARNEGIE courses at convenient locations around the world.  Courses are approved for tuition assistance and Montgomery GI Bill.  To enroll or request information, please contact the University of Central Missouri-School of Graduate and Extended Studies at 877-SAY-UCMO Ext. 24 or visit them on the web at or Wade Powell & Associates at (757) 490-1611.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Information:

If you're considering transferring your GI Bill benefits to your dependents, make sure that you are informed by visiting

The simplified rule for Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Education Benefit as written in the DCMS, is listed below:

  1. If a member was retirement eligible as of 1 August 2009, no additional service obligation required.
  2. If a member was retirement eligible from 2 August 2009 - 31 July 2010, they must obligate 12 additional months.
  3. If a member was retirement eligible from 1 August 2010 - 31 July 2011, they must obligate 24 additional months.
  4. If a member is retirement eligible from 1 August 2011 - 31 July 2012, they must obligate 36 additional months.
  5. Any member retirement eligible on/after 1 August 2012 must obligate 48 additional months.
  6. Any member "involuntarily" and honorably discharged/retired, i.e., CRSP, medical board, disability, etc., no matter how long they've been in, can transfer benefits while still on Active Duty without having to obligate additional service time.

Starting 01 August 2013, obligated service requirements will be determined by our Commandant.  Until then, there is no change and the current obligated service requirements will remain in effect.

Questions regarding obligated service requirements should be directed to Mr. Reidus Stokes, GI Bill Program Manager, 202-493-1936 or

How Do I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

  1. Your CAC is needed initially.  Click
  2. Click "register for a Premium Account" (located on the right side of web page under Most Popular Features).  Follow the steps.
  3. After registering, "x" out of the webpage and click again.
  4. Login using username and password you created during registration.
  5. Once logged on, click on "Transfer Post 9/11 Education Benefits" (located on the right side of web page under Most Popular Features).
  6. Verify the dependents that are listed.  Under the "Edit" column click each respective name and enter the number of months of benefit you want to add (up to 36 months total for all dependents).
    1. START/END DATE for spouse: leave blank (START date defaults to date you make the requests).
    2. START/END DATE for children: leave blank (END date defaults to 26th birthday for dependent children and 15 years after service end date for spouses).
    3. You can also choose to "revoke" previously transferred benefits on this page.
  7. Read and check the boxes under "Transferability of Education Benefits Acknowledgements" to acknowledge understanding.
  8. Click "Submit Request".

Anyone who has transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, but is now considering using it for themselves, should be careful to NOT revoke all the previously transferred benefits (i.e. take months obligated to dependent down to zero).  Doing so will require a new obligated period if/when you transfer it back.

How Do I Use My 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

CG members can activate their Post 9/11 GI Bill online by visiting and following the steps below.

  1. Click on "Start VONAPP"
  2. Click "continue" located at the bottom right of page until you reach the login and Pass screen
  3. Click on "Sign up now" and create a user name/Password (with hint)
  4. Select "Form 22-1990" from the drop down menu located at the top and click continue
  5. You will be asked a series of questions to create your electronic submission


CG members can activate using a paper application by visiting this link for the VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Education Benefits)

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Last Modified 1/12/2016