By Terry Howell
You don’t have to be overly sensitive to pick up on the not-so-subtle patronizing message sent by the DoD spokesman. Here is a sampling of reader reactions:
- Are we trying to stereotype military spouses or what? Like all military spouses want to cut hair or be a teacher! We want a career that will support our children if our spouse doesn’t come home from a deployment.
- My wife is in medical school (a very portable field of expertise), and the revised MyCAA wouldn’t cover it. It’s a great program, and restricting it to acquiring stereotypical military spouse degrees is the worst elitist tripe I’ve seen from such a beneficial program.
- I don’t understand the pay grade restrictions. A spouse of a 0-2 can get this aid, but the spouse of an E-6 can’t?!?!?! How is that fair? Also – you can’t use this aid if you are pursuing a Bachelors degree?!?!
- As an Active Duty E-6 with a wife who enrolled in the program just in time to be thrown out of the program, I’d like to say thanks to the DoD for removing a large portion of the enlisted community…
Those who read the official MyCAA FAQ will also find that the DoD has apparently forgotten that not all the military spouses are women.