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MyCAA Update


Bulletin update sent out by MilitaryOneSource today:

MyCAA Update

DoD will resume the MyCAA program. The Department of Defense has completed the program review and will be making the necessary adjustments to resume the MyCAA program beginning in October 2010.

Starting 8 a.m. (EDT) Monday October 25, 2010, Military OneSource career and education counselors will have a much more active role in supporting military spouses. In addition to understanding resources available via DoD’s financial aid support, they will provide support and assistance to identify and gain access to other federal, state, and local programs. All military spouses of active duty service members will be eligible for career counseling and support.

New financial assistance guidelines. With a focus on the original intent of the program, the Defense Department’s financial assistance program will:

  • Be available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2
  • Offer a maximum financial benefit of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000. Waivers will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000
  • Require military spouses to finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course
  • Be limited to associate degrees, certifications, and licensures

These new guidelines reflect a return to the original purpose of the program – to assist spouses of service members in achieving portable careers. These changes also align the program with responsible fiscal planning by the Defense Department to help sustain the program. Additional program details will be posted on the Military OneSource Web site when they become available. We encourage you to check the site often.

Spouses who currently have an active account will be allowed to request financial assistance until Thursday, October 21, 2010. Beginning September 1, 2010, spouses may request financial assistance for classes that have a start date up to January 15, 2011. To ensure adequate time to plan for courses, no career plans will be accepted after August 31, 2010. All currently approved financial assistance documents will be honored.

Additionally, the review revealed that National Guard and Reserve members must be on active duty for their spouses to receive the MyCAA benefit. Spouses may no longer use the MyCAA benefit when the service member is in an alert or demobilization period. The new eligibility rule takes effect immediately.

The program will be closed from Friday, October 22 to Monday, October 25, 2010, so that we may ensure the infrastructure is in place to implement the new program.

Military spouses are the backbone for military families, displaying strength of character to be admired by this nation. The Department of Defense remains committed to investing in military families, and appreciates the sacrifice of those who also serve.

My favorite part – that last paragraph.  Go ahead read it again.  Then go to the part where they exclude a large portion of us spouses because our spouses ranks are too high.  Gotta tell you, my E6 husband and I aren’t rolling in the dough thats for sure.  A little help to pay for some additional schooling would be nice.

Whatever MyCAA.  Take your program and shove it.


July 20, 2010 at 11:44 am 5 comments

What's Up With Texas???

Okay… so today I have read a few articles about politicians in Texas saying some odd things.  Feel free to read and be perplexed.

Texas Governor Says Secession Possible

Bigot Texas State Rep thinks Asian names are too hard


April 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm 8 comments

Thank you Navy Recruiting

Thank you very much for rewarding the hard working Recruiters that have already gone over the yearly  goals set forth last October*, by making them work until 8 pm every single night.  Not because they need to get more people in… no they have a steady stream of people lined up to join.  In fact, many times they are turning people away for being “unqualified”.  But because you want more WOMEN to join.  Don’t get me wrong, I get it.  Numbers are up, you can be picky, the numbers for women joining aren’t as strong.  But these guys have been busting @ss to do what they need to, get people in, and try to get home at a decent hour.  The past month or two has been nice, D has been coming home at like 6:30 – 7:00 pm (ish).  But now no one can even think about leaving the office until after 8 pm.  Ahh… the days of D coming home late, stressed and in a crappy mood are back.  Oh it’s a joy, really.

Once again Navy, I’d like to say – thanks.

Edit: I’d like to add that I am completely thankful that my husband does get to come home each night.  I’m not trying to complain about that.  But Recruiting itself is stressful.. and there is just extra un-due stress being placed on these people right now. 


*Which means in a mere 6 months they have already surpassed where they were supposed to be by the end of September this year. Not just because the economy is down, but because these people are working friggin hard.

April 17, 2009 at 9:02 am 5 comments

Smoking with kids

Smoking in the car with your kids was a recent topic on a radio morning show I listen to.  I guess Canada is talking about banning smoking in the car when your kids are present.  And I heard that there was a bill here in Michigan to get it banned here as well.  At first I was a little taken back, but the more I thought I about this the more I loved it.  I have a big problem with parents smoking in a car with their children in it.  Its small and confined, and there is no room to walk away to get fresh air. Adults choose to smoke.  Despite health warnings, rising costs, the litter, and the smell.  I get it, it was once seen as pretty cool and a lot of people took it up.  But just about every smoker I know regrets picking that first one up.  I hear a lot of people say – ” if I knew then what I know now…” they would have never started, even if it was “cool”. 

I dont hate all smokers or anything.  In fact, I have more of the – do what you want type of opinion.  (Just dont even think about trying to smoke in my house when you visit.)  If you are going to do it, you just need to be respectful of the people around you, adults and children alike.  2nd hand smoke is dangerous, I dont need to tell you that, we have all heard and seen the reports on the news.  But children of smokers do not choose to smoke like their parents do.  They do not pick one up, light it and take a puff.  No, they are sitting on the couch watching tv, or playing a family game, or even riding in the car.   I know, I’ve been there.

As a child that grew up with two parents that smoked a hell of a lot, I have to say that I have always hated it.  My mom has always said that when I was three years old I started asking her to quit.  (Really!)  And I never relented.  She still smokes, and it still bothers me.  But thinking back on all those years as kids that we were forced to inhale the smoke… its no wonder why  both a sister and a brother had debilitating asthma as young kids, and why I have sport induced asthma now.  Sure there could be other factors, but I think that being around it since birth might have had something to do with it. 

As a parent myself, I want only the best for my child, and most parents do.  That doesnt mean if you smoke you are a bad person.  Just – keep it away from your kids.  They will be smelly and it could have negative health effects. 

There is some buzz about the new bill.  I am hopeful about this, and I really hope that it passes.  I can live with the occassional smoke at a restaurant or a bar, but kids little vulnerable lungs need a little extra care.  I hope it gets the message across.

April 2, 2009 at 11:57 am 4 comments

"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou

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