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WIESBADEN, Germany — The Army announced Friday it is suspending its tuition assistance program for soldiers newly enrolling in classes due to sequestration and other budgetary pressures.
“This suspension is necessary given the significant budget execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration,” Paul Prince, an army personnel spokesman at the Pentagon, wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. “The Army understands the impacts of this action and will re-evaluate should the budgetary situation improve.”
Source: Stars and Stripes
“Every commercial, every brochure, has money for college written all over it … recruiting us into the Army and then taking away one of the main reasons we joined is a bit hypocritical,” said Barina, who added that as an 11-year Army veteran, it’s his junior troops he is concerned about. “There are so many things that cost a lot of money and don’t need to take place that are not getting the ax.”
(Source: DOD Report on Programs to cut or reduce)
Under current law, the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program provides any active duty service member a benefit equivalent to $250 per credit hour up to $4,500 per year.
Active duty troops are allowed to take courses that are more expensive than this, but
must pay the difference out-of-pocket or through student loans.
Similar to the Defense Commissary Agency, the military‘s tuition assistance program is
promoted to enhance recruiting, readiness, and retention for the military