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Big Changes Looming for Military Personnel

  • According to a speech earlier this week by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the military needs to prepare for some big changes, since meeting future security needs will “require significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.”

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Secretary of Defense Hagel Berates States Denying Benefits

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has strong words for states that are refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex partners of military members to claim benefits.

    "This is wrong", Hagel said in New York, "Not only does this violate the states' obligation under federal law, their actions have created hardship and inequality by forcing couples to travel long distances to federal military bases to obtain the ID cards they're entitled to."

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Highlighting Your Military Experience on College Applications

  • If a college degree is in your sights and college applications are now covering your desk, it's important to keep in mind that your previous or current military experience can work to your advantage in the admissions process -- as long as you clearly communicate the value of that experience. Your college admissions essay (in addition to recruitment interviews and recommendation letters) is an excellent way to highlight your military experience and how it makes you a great prospective student at the college, community college, online school, or university of your choice.

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Tuition Assistance Resumes -- With a Catch

  • The 16-day government shutdown cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars, and U.S. military servicemembers felt the hit in many ways, notably with the suspension of Tuition Assistance, relied on by thousands of servicemembers to help offset the cost of higher education. 
     

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Applying to College? Consider ROTC!

  • If you're on the road to college and looking for ways to foot the bill, the Reserve Officers' Training Corpos (ROTC) scholarship program may be right for you. Competitive scholarships, a monthly living stipend, and allowances to cover books and other expenses are just a few of the benefits ROTC cadets enjoy while attending a four-year college or university. You'll need to commit to basic military training while in school, and a service commitment to the U.S. Army when you graduate. Students who qualify often go on to successful careers in the military and beyond. 

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