Getting Educated While on Active Duty Is Getting Harder as Military Rolls Back Benefits
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Levi Pulkkinen, The Hechinger Report/The Washington Post
The Pentagon promises soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen tuition money to take college courses while they’re serving, giving them a head start on credits they can use to rise up the ranks in the military or, later, in civilian life.
But even as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 looms, and the withdrawal from Afghanistan serves as a reminder of service members’ sacrifices, education is often only spottily available to those on active duty. The military branches have tried to cut the benefit in recent years, even as use of the program rose during the coronavirus pandemic.