U.S. Defense Department Restoring Tuition Assistance for Service Members in All Branches of Military
Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today, according to Jim Garamone of the American Forces Press Service. The continuing resoultion provided $10 billion to DoD.
Tuition assistance programs that aid hundreds of thousands of servicemembers in gaining college educations will be restored quickly with renewed funding from Congress, Defense Department officials said Wednesday, reports Richard Sisk of Military.com.
“We will comply with the recently enacted legislation to provide tuition assistance to all service members across all the services,” Little said. Service members wishing to join the program may do so, Little said, adding that he expects no cuts in the program this year. “We intend to resume the program the way it was before suspension,” he said.
The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps suspended new enrollments earlier this month and advised personnel currently enrolled that they could not sign up for future courses. The Navy did not take action but did consider making sailors pay for about 25 percent of their education benefits.
The Army currently has 201,000 personnel receiving tuition assistance at an annual cost of $373 million and the Marines have 29,000 enrolle cost of $47 million. About 10,000 of the 42,000 active duty Coast Guard personnel usually take advantage of the school aid, and about 7,000 have enrolled this year, Senior Chief Dan Tremper, a Coast Guard spokesman, told Military.com.