With tuition assistance on its way out thanks to the budget sequester scheduled to go into effect in 2014, many potentially excellent military servicemembers may need to put their education on hold.
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Marines Corps Says Cuts Undermine Higher Education

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Who wouldn't love to have their employer to pay for a basic post high school education?

Imagine having this benefit cited to you as a reason for joining the military, to use it and really recognize its worth, and have it suddenly taken away?

With tuition assistance on its way out thanks to the budget sequester scheduled to go into effect in 2014, many potentially excellent military servicemembers may need to put their education on hold. Down the road, this will also deprive business, education and industry of the best military talent, and demoralize servicemembers looking to start new careers.

In one branch of the military, tuition assistance offered many Marines a way to get an education without dipping into their G.I. bill benefits.

But thanks to budget sequestration, that port will soon be closed.
With the Marine Corps tuition assistance program about to become a thing of the past, many Marines may have to put their education on hold while they serve their country

The Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, said that the Corps will stop enrolling personnel in the tuition assistance program - a program in use by thousands of Marines seeking their college degrees. That leaves troops to either use their G.I. Bills to pay for school or wait until they are discharged to obtain an education.

And the Marines Tuition Assistance Program offered more than fiscal support; it provided a way to combine pursuit of a higher education with proudly serving in the Corps.

"There's simply going to be more military personnel sitting on their hands waiting to get out instead of educating themselves and remaining in the military," one Marine said.

Many Marines must now choose to finish their careers and then pursue their education in order to reap the full benefits of the G.I. Bill, such as book and housing allowances.

The goal of the Marine Corps has always been to make good Marines, in turn making more productive citizens. With cuts to Tuition Assistance, the federal government may be removing one way to turn Marines into more educated civilian.

Many have noted that being a scholar while you're in the Marines has made it easier to transition back into the civilian world, which is a major concern during the drawdown of troops.



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