Army Suspends Tuition Assistance Program for Troops

Mark Patton, Stars and Stripes, March 8, 2013

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.”

The Army’s announcement follows a similar move by the Marine Corps.

The Army’s tuition assistance program was available for troops to complete a high school diploma, certificate program or college or master’s degree. Under the program, the Army paid 100 percent of the tuition and authorized fees charged by a school up to established limits of $250 per semester hour or credit hour or up to $4,500 per fiscal year.

“The Secretary of the Army has approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance effective 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 8, 2013. Soldiers will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance,” read a statement posted Friday on the GoArmyEd.com website. “However, Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for Tuition Assistance are not affected, and will be allowed to complete current course enrollment(s).

“This change in the Army Tuition Assistance program applies to all Soldiers, including the Army National Guard and Army Reserves,” the statement read.

Student Veterans of America on Friday blasted the decision, saying the move could hurt troops’ post military careers and leave them in debt.

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  • Tom Iron

    No surprise here. You have to know, where he can, Obama is going to hurt those he knows don’t like him.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Yep, it’s definitely worth hurting the white guys who risk their lives to defend this country if it frees up money to send illegal immigrants to college. [/sarc]

  • whodat

    meanwhile, Shamika is free to pursue her black feminist studies, funded by money extorted from taxpaying whitey.

    • Let’s not forget Jose and Maria up in Colorado, getting that resident tuition rate.
      What are these white guys going to do about it? They entered the Army as a private, while several black females with lower IQ’s got into West Point.
      It’s what I’ve been saying for a long time, the young white male under 25 is very likely an Obama supporter, and it only takes one minute of the wrong end of diversity to cure him.

      • The__Bobster

        Most young White soldiers are NOT Obongo supporters. After this stunt by the Usurper, even less of them will be.

        • joesolargenius

          I agree with you that the white military vets definitely do not support socialism which is why the dems try and economically sodomize them every chance they can.

      • JoeMcCarthyy

        I’m a 20-year-old white male and I vote for Obama.

        I also consider myself a white nationalist.

        The reason I vote for Obama is because I am not pro-capitalist. I understand you must think I’m a brainwashed little idiot. And you must think you got things figured out as an older white male. But let me ask you a question, When has ANY white nationalist group in America that is passive on economic issues (or usually pro-capitalist) had any level of success whatsoever?

        Far-right parties in Europe are succeeding because they are not just “pro-white.” They are succeeding because they are anti-globalization and pro-culture.

        Capitalism and libertarianism are the most anti-cultural forces on this planet. However, dumb economic conservative white nationalists in America think that the anti-cultural effects of capitalism only hurts brown people.

        Really, dummy?

        Look at South America, another capitalist, post-colonial continent. In Chile 65% of the population is mixed race.

        Look at China and North Korea, two communist states. They are 100% racially and culturally pure. No pornography. No decadence. Etc. (Not that North Korea is a good place though, but it depends on the regime.)

        And my point isn’t to support communism, but socialism in general, which could be national socialism and not Marxism-Leninism.

        You old dummies who’ve accomplished so much for our race (I’m being sarcastic) are not going to do anything. You don’t even understand properly what the real forces are that are destroying culture and race. You think Obama is like some kind of demon doing it all.

        Wrong.

        Globalization dummy.

        Capitalism.

        Individualism.

        Those are more culturally destructive than communism.

        If it were the other way, then would it be China that is overrun with foreigners?

        Why is it instead ONLY the white countries that were pro-capitalist in the 20th century?

        • Jss

          Sorry joe but you are an idiot. There is not one shred of difference between either mainstream political party. Almost every party in Europe is socialist. The reason the pro white parties are doing well is because they are pro white. Check out who Obamas biggest campaign funders where and get back to us about him not being just another crony capitalist. You are a useful idiot and have lots of growing up to do. Wow. Joe the hope and change White nationalist.

          • JoeMcCarthyy

            No retard.

            Americanism is a global force.

            America bombed Germany back into capitalism.

            America funds right-wing (capitalist right-wing) military dictatorships in South America to reinstate capitalism.

            America is in the middle east trying to make Arabs into democratic capitalists.

            America helped bring down the Soviet Union.

            America is sanctioning North Korea trying to bring it down.

            People like you, Jss, you old, senile, Buchanan conservatives are the problem. Your words are exactly what I would expect from those of your kind — those “successful” (NOT!) white nationalists who really turned America into a great white empire with capitalism after WWII.

            What a great job you baby boomer retards did Jss!

            Oh thank you so much for globalizing the economy and destroying all the resistance around the world against globalization, giving ALLL the power to corporations and banks so you could scratch your head when America is flooded with immigrants for cheap labor and say “hmmm, it must be that there Obama just doin it all!”

            No.

            Now the only valid point you have is that both democrats and republicans are funded by Goldman Sachs.

            True.

            But for gods sake I would not vote for Romney.

            I’m sure you would.

            Cause Regan did such a good job with the world, right?

            Germany and Russia aren’t under communism anymore.

            But they’re getting flooded with Asians and Pakistanis!

            Seriously, just get old and die you old conservative failure!

            The next generation of whites don’t wanna hear about your anti-socialist B.S.

            You want me to grow up and be like you? Didn’t your generation oversee the globalizing of the economy?

            Exactly.

          • Jss

            I’m 30 mr hope and change national socialist. You talk bad about Buchanan who has been warning about the de-industrialization of American and the general dismantling of our nations infrastructure but like Obama who has accelerated shipping our jobs overseas and has been closing down our coal plants.

            You don’t know what your talking about. What brought down the Soviet Union more then anything was its illogical centrally planned economy. America isn’t installing capitalist in the Middle East we are overthrowing secular rulers and installing Al Qeda proxy governments if Libya and Syria are anything to go by.

            I’m not sure what your ranting about with South America and North Korea. But if you think Obama isn’t a globalist you are an idiot. You whine about immigrants but vote for Obama. You whine about us bombing Germany but are a Soviet Union fan. You make no sense. Personally I wish we had been on Germany’s team but I don’t think a real Nazi from the 30s would have any use for you and I know as a WN myself I sure don’t.

            The bottom line is the fact that you are assuming we are old White Romney fans just shows how full of yourself you are. Try some humility and realize you don’t know everything. All you have is repackaged pseudo intellectual psycho bable that you heard at a Rage against machine concert I’m assuming. The problem isn’t people at amren or genuine anti globalist like Buchanon but people like Romney, Obama, and the useful idiots like you who empower them.

            By the way your baby boomer remark was cute. Your whole post was 60s baby boomer crap.

          • 5n4k33y35

            You’re wrong. Obama is a globalist. He carries on with his global drone assassination program. He continued the war in Afghanistan 6 years beyond his inauguration.

            Romney would have been worse, but not by very much. It would be easier to impeach Romney. We cannot impeach Mr. Diversity without being considered superficial anti-black reactionaries.

          • JoeMcCarthyy

            The reason I voted for Obama is because he will do something to tone down the Americanism that Regan and Bush spread around the world.

            Heck he appointed Chuck Hagel. Clearly he doesn’t wanna do what Romney wanted to do.

          • anonymous

            Obama will “tone down the Americanism?” You’ve got to be kidding. Obama is expanding the wars overseas, not reducing them. He’s pursuing aggressive policies towards Russia and China and expanding into Africa. He’s been actively supporting rebel groups in Egypt, Libya and Syria. This guy is worse than Bush when it comes to foreign policy.

        • [email protected]

          What a load of crap. You’re connecting dots that aren’t even there. I’d take capitalism over communism any day. Go try out communism for a year and let us know how it goes.

          • JoeMcCarthyy

            I’d prefer national socialism.

            No thank you.

          • dd121

            Please don’t feed the trolls.

          • IstvanIN

            He has a point. White men got us into this mess. White men allowed things like forced integration, the immigration act of 1965, the return of laissez-faire capitalism, free trade, the elimination of the right of free association, endless foreign wars. White men controlled this country, and largely still do, although that is NO reason to vote for Obama. Vote for Buchanan, yes (I did in 2000), but not Obama.

          • Wayne

            He made some very good points a out Americas past. Very good indeed. America and the so-called Greatest Generation and their handlers brought a lot of this upon us. America is the parent of multiculturalism and forced diversity in the West. He is also spot on regarding the horrible effects of individualism.
            However, he misses the fact that it is all driving us to one-world communism, with a blended rootless humanity. This can only be done once the white nations are neutralized.

          • Jss

            It’s weird how people can look at something and see such totally different things. You see very good points and I see a rant that talks about wanting old White people to die, blames Bush and Reagan for all the ills in America yet has total jungle fever for Obama as if there is any difference between them. In other words something Tim Wise would agree with 90 percent of.

          • saxonsun

            A no-brainer. Only white men had the power to force us to collective suicide.

        • They are succeeding because they are anti-globalization and pro-culture

          And yet you voted for pro-globalization and anti- (our) culture Obama.

          You would have done better for your cause not to vote. You wouldn’t have been alone.

        • Michael Alan Prock

          No one does more to undermine our interests than corporate America.

          According to the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) report Immigration Lobbying: A Window into the World of Special Interests,
          15 percent of the PAC money promoting amnesty and other dispossess
          White America schemes comes from agri-business. Most of the rest comes
          from other corporate interests. Check it out for yourself. The Cult of Profits is not our friend.

        • sbuffalonative

          I agree with you that globalism is part, if not all, of the problem and capitalism has certainly gone into hyper drive to the detriment of the middle class.
          But both parties are pushing globalism. Clinton was the one who gave us NAFTA.

          The one reason I voted for Romeny is because of Supreme Court nominations. It’s likely Obama will make at least one, if not two, appointments. A solid liberal majority court for 10 or more years will be the death blow to conservative values. Individual rights will quickly give way to collective rights and globalism will continue without opposition.

      • crystalevans

        The GI Bill was the most successful social program ever because it allowed returning soldiers the chance to complete their college education and become middle class. I am sad to see benefits cut since these soldiers were promised financial aid by the military to complete their education.

      • Dan

        My son recently graduated Marine boot camp and he states that fellow soldiers on base absolutely loathe Obama and his administration.

  • Prorate the $85b at most sequester to the current $3600b Federal spending baseline, and the tuition assistance program only needs to be reduced by 2.4%.

  • The__Bobster

    He really shouldn’t anger the military. Some day he might need them to protect him from the angry peasants..

  • MekongDelta69

    Just another (of undending reasons) why, if I had to do it all over again – in the present day – I would never enlist, go into BUD/S and get inserted into [insert present-day war of your choice or present-day clandestine mission of your choice, here].

    The entire military has become a complete social experiment, just like academia, media, entertainment, the judiciary, the Church, and every other institution, long ago taken over by the left.

    • BAW

      That is why I never enlisted myself, and why I am strongly encouraging young people I know to reconsider enlisting, Uncle Sucker won’t hesitate for one minute to throw the troops under the bus.

  • StillModerated

    YT needs to boycott the Armed Forces. We’ve not won a real war since 1948 when integration was fully implemented. Let the mud slaughter the mud. Not my foreign policy.

  • Jss

    Well at least White soldiers don’t have white privilege braclets as part of their uniforum. There you have it. Better an illegal Mexican then a soldier.

  • Under the program, the Army paid 100 percent of the tuition and authorized fees charged by a school up to established limits of $250 per semester hour or credit hour or up to $4,500 per fiscal year.

    And $250 is exactly what the University of Phoenix charges active duty military per credit hour for basic undergraduate degree programs.

  • Lygeia

    This may have something to do with the fact that a large portion military and former-military are enrolled in the “for-profit” rip-off colleges.

  • bigone4u

    I have the distinct impression that blacks are overrepresented in the Army, if not the entire US military. Isn’t it racist of Obama to implement a policy with “disparate impact?” Obama, you, sir, are a racist. How could you do something that effects blacks more than whites, proportionally at least? Reverend Sharpton and Jesse J will soon be knocking on your door sir.

    • Mr Plankton

      I was a marine infantryman 3rd btn 8th marines and I can say that by far the infantry when I was in was overwhelming insecure white kids with something to prove.

      • bigone4u

        I have the impression that the marines are the least affected by affirmative action nonsense. I think I read that women are being treated differently by the marines than other branches of service, which would provide some proof of that. Of course, when the POTUS has his honor guard, the marine is always a black guy!

        • Mr Plankton

          And after he’s completed his Billet at 8th and I, He’ll go back to the fleet and complete his enlistment as a cook, supply clerk or admin.

          • saxonsun

            You are right. My sister was in the army and she had to put blacks on report all the time for slacking off.

    • Salarino

      I was in the Army for 5 years and the blacks are over-represented in the supply jobs (cook, admin., supply). They are few and far between in jobs (MOSs) that require a high aptitude score or any sort of jobs that are potentially dangerous (EOD, Infantry, Cav Scouts). They get black into their “feets don’t fail me now!” attitude pretty quick.

  • Salarino

    I ETS’ed last year and was taking advantage of the program until just before I ETS’ed, but they had been talking about this since at least mid to late 2011. Almost everyone could see the Reduction in Force (RIF) writing on the wall and this is no shocker that they’re finally implemementing that and other cuts. It sure does suck though.

  • freespeechzone

    Illegals & minorities hold more of a priority than PATRIOTS who literally put their lives on the line…typical Liberal/ Obama mindset. It’s about ‘fairness’ and not fairness on MERIT.

    Remember, Liberals & Obama LOATHE the Military.

    I LOATHE Liberals & Obama…and have NO use for them.

    I HONOR and SUPPORT those who serve OUR country.

    • Mr Plankton

      Do those who serve serve the country or do they serve the federal government? What is the distinction in your opinion?

  • Michael_C_Scott

    They’re not going to mutiny or refuse to deploy, but by God they deserve better than this criminal in Oval Office.

  • brengunn

    So this will hurt NCOs, am I right? Essentially it will dumb down the army by discouraging brighter lads from signing up, lead to a weakening of Army non-commissioned ranks and in turn have a negative effect on the quality of recruits due to the substandard training they receive from their NCOs.

    Bad idea all round.

    • Salarino

      Due to the bad economy the Army is able to be a lot more selective now. They are getting more college grads enlisting now because they have fewer options. A few years ago if you had two arms, two legs and maybe a pulse they would take you.

      The Army just changed the way they score points for promotion about two years ago and for E-5 (basic Sergeant) they weigh college credits less than a high scoring physical fitness test or a good rifle range score. I believe it is the same for E-6 (Staff Sergeant), but I might be wrong.

      No doubt, it is a mistake to cut off the Tuition Assistance as many soldiers did benefit from it, but it does not necessarily mean that the “Joes” (lower enlisted soldiers) will get lower quality training. Most of the training performed by NCOs is soldier task training (i.e. First Aid, Combatives, Battle drills). Yes, they are supposed to be mentors too, but most of that cannot be learned in school. The higher level NCOs (E-7, E-8, E-9) go to advanced training courses that more or less teach them advanced leadership skills fitting to their rank and individual job.

      The good leaders will educate themselves whether or not there is Tuition Assistance available and will seek personal improvement. There’s plenty of educated idiots in the military as everywhere else.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    But illegals get all sorts of help with college tuition, right?

    California Dream Act: 20,000 illegal immigrant students apply for state financial aid for the first time

    Have any programs for food stamps, public housing, or obamaphones been suspended?

    didn’t think so…

    Bon

  • dd121

    Does anyone remember what the Roman army and the Praetorian guard did to politicians who crossed them?

  • JackKrak

    What about that “disparate impact = racism no matter what” doctrine that applies in anything and everything when it goes the other way. Any government decision to withhold funds used mostly by blacks would be overturned by some judge within hours. White Army guys going to school after a hard day at work trying to better themselves? Who cares…..

  • Mariner33

    Chile 1973?