posted on Mar, 12 2013 @ 02:28 PM
To everyone that is upset about TA getting turned off. First and foremost, I offer my sympathies. This is a bad time for our nation and our military.
However, I can't just stand aside without giving my old 2 cents worth.
Tuition assistance is, and has always been a benefit, not an entitlement. There is a very sharp distinction between the two. Any promise that any
recruiter gave you about paying for a college education by serving was referencing the GI Bill, not TA.
Now, to all of my friends and acquaintances that are not or have not been affiliated with the military, the GI Bill is a benefit that every service
member is given after serving 3 honorable years in any branch of the service. The program pays for 100% tuition at most colleges, it gives a stipend
for books and also provides money for living expenses for 3 years. Under certain circumstances, the benefit can be transferred to a spouse or a
TA, on the other hand, is money to pay for college given to a service member while they are on active duty. The AF was the first branch of service to
offer TA as a recruiting and retention tool (back before the GI Bill was free and transferable) and only offered to pay 75% of tuition expenses. Other
branches soon followed suit and eventually during OIF and OEF the benefit was raised to 100% of tuition.
Now here is the distinction...the GI Bill was passed into law by congress in 2008 or so and as such is an entitlement earned by serving at least 3
years in the military honorably. It is payed by the Veterans Administration.
TA on the other hand is merely a benefit that the services used as a retention tool. It came out of the DoD's discretionary budget. Now that the
money is tight, it has been cut off. That sucks balls, I know. But if you look at the timeline, the DoD scrapped deploying a carrier group, cancelled
all demonstration team performances and announced reduced flying hours and other training deployments before they cut TA.
So, to make a long diatribe short...suck it up. There are a lot more cuts to come, and if this really puts a cramp in your plans, you can always fall
back and use you GI Bill to further your education.