Do You Think Cutting Tuition Assistance for the Military Was the Right Budget Cut to Make?

The Army, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard will no longer offer tuition assistance to their enlisted due to government budget cuts.

Military.com recently highlighted one effect of the much talked about sequestration -- the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard will no longer offer tuition assistance. The GI Bill is still in effect, however.

The government will save about $6 million a year, while more than 300,000 servicemen and women could be affected. Those who already receive tuition assistance will be able to keep it, but no additional applications will be accepted. 

"I used tuition assistance when I was in and probably would not have a degree without it," Sgt. Christopher Diaz, director of South Gwinnett High's JROTC program, told Snellville Patch. "This is so unfair to our military members currently serving. They defend our freedoms and this is the thanks they get. I think it is just an attack against conservatives because they are always there to protect our military members." 

The American Forces Press Service quoted a Pentagon senior official as calling the cuts a "nightmare scenario." He referred not only to cuts to tuition assistance, but to a 9 to 10 percent cut to each line item in their budget. 

On March 12, Pentagon press secretary George Little said “the program [tuition assistance] enables the professional and personal development of our service members and facilitates their transition to the civilian workforce.

“Let me be clear," he added, "we’re here because of sequestration. If sequestration were averted, we may be facing a different set of choices on these and other programs.”

While the sequestration forced these cuts to take effect March 1, the Department of Defense had been talking about reducing tuition assistance since 2011. Increasing demand and the rising price of higher education had put a strain on its budget for a number of years. Chief of Continuing Education Programs Carolyn Baker said the growth of the program was "unsustainable."

Do you think this was the right choice by the Department of Defense to cut the tuition program, or do you believe there are other areas of waste that would be a better choice?

Stan March 15, 2013 at 05:24 PM
But according to Romney people in the military are part of the 47% who are the takers. If you don't like it you should start voting for some different types of representatives than we now have in Georgia. No the benefits should not be cut. The military is bloated but this isn't the place to cut. We need long term spending reforms and added taxes. The GOP nonsense that all we have to do is cut spending and that there can be no new taxes is the problem.
Gill Daniels March 15, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Sensible cuts: Make Fed govt job salaries the same as private sector(s). Reduce Presidential vacations and trips abroad; this would save a 100 million a year alone. Stop the partisan finger pointing Stan..your Dems control the Senate, White house, Dept of Justice, and most of the Lame-stream media. Its not the GOP that's the prob..its the Senate not agreeing with each other and holding up the entire works! As for taxes?? I agree completely..EVERYBODY should pay taxes..not just 53% of us.
Peach March 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I am so sick of these Republicans. Most of them have more than enough money to send their kids to the richest schools, so they could care less. Of course they, OR their kids, RARELY serve in the military. That's up to lower class and middle class soldiers who have now been sent up the creek. If the troops ever chose to do a mass exodus, America would see just how much power the 47% have.
Tammy Osier March 16, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Peach, not one liberal politician is worth less that 6 figures. Not one. You also might want to look at the number of Republicans that have kids serving right now as we speak. I disagree with the obama cuts as well. Agree with gill daniels that washington controls this and is responsible for most of it. Republicans have been in the minority for quite some time and have very little control over most of the decision making. But liberals do have control of the media where they spout all the blame on someone else knowing they have a following of people that will buy it.
Tammy Osier March 16, 2013 at 01:40 AM
You know, the soviet union fell due to economic bankruptcy, which is where we are headed now due to oour spendthrift gocurrent government. Wouldn't that be a blip if our military went with it? Our enemies wouldn't have to fire a single shot.


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