How time flies when you’re sitting around waiting to go to school ‘eh? November of last year was the last major change in the Coast Guard’s Tuition Assistance program at which time brought the CG TA program back. However, it wasn’t what we’d come accustomed to.
The short of it: they dropped the amount they would pay from 100% to 75% per credit hour. For schools that offer military TA rates of $250 per credit that meant the service would pay $187.50 of the $250 and we’re left with rest. Honestly, that’s not too bad and surely better than nothing.
Another change that seemed to have stung a lot of people was cancellation of using the funds for a Master’s Degree. Well, as of last week (ALCOAST 065/14) that has been reversed. You can now use TA, still at the 75% (or $185.50) per credit hour, to get said Masters degree!
The Coast Guard has also removed the limit of only 6 credit hours per fiscal quarter. Though the message above doesn’t mention it the Coast Guard Institute’s info page notes the change. They also note that there are no changes to the caveat of being able to only get one degree of each type. That is, if you have a four year degree, you can’t get another. That also applies to undergrad and graduate. You still can’t use TA for a Doctoral level education either. From the site:
[I]f the applicant already has a bachelor’s degree, TA shall not be authorized for another bachelor’s degree even if the degree was obtained at a service academy, through the CG advanced education program, via grants or loans, VA benefits, or paid for out of the members own pocket).
Nonetheless, we’re all in a better place than we were a few weeks ago so far as it applies to education via Tuition Assistance.
*Note, this does not apply to our civilian workforce. :(
It’s hard for me to actually see C-3PO enjoying the lively flowers in this photo. All I seem to remember is his wondering through sandy deserts of nothingness, save for the random trouble he and his companion find themselves in.
At any rate, it beauty and nerd rolled into one. Get your clean copy here.
I have yet to watch any but the first episode of Game of Thrones but I’m a little past the halfway point on book three (A Storm of Swords). There’s one character that I can easily visualize every time she’s read on the page: Ygritte. You know, the Wilding/Free Folk that Jon Snow falls for…
Every time I read her lines I hear Disney’s Brave star Merida. Apparently someone else thought the same. In fact, it turns out they thought many of the Disney gals fit someone in the realm of Game of Thrones.
Deviantart user DjeDjehuti is the artist behind it; you can see another dozen here.
This was a silly idea I had a little while back and so became a little pet project of mine – both the world of Disney Princesses and Game of Thrones have become so culturally pervasive, and feature such a diverse cast of ladies, it seemed crazy to me that this hadn’t yet been done!! [via]
A peace sign carved into the hillside through some young trees in Juneau, AK.
I try to keep my phone looking anew by regularly changing my wallpapers. Though I know it doesn’t really change anything about my phone it is a way to keep myself amused whenever I look at the device. Yes, I amuse fairly easily.
At any rate this wallpaper is titled Fencing and was found on Reddit’s /r/iWallpaper. A great source of “anew.”
Here’s a copy of the wallpaper for yourself if you feel so inclined to download it. If you know the author of the great Fencing let me know, otherwise it’s creator is unknown.
While Juneau is sitting at a nice balmy 16 degrees this morning I’m up here in Anchorage for the day and woke up to the coldest weather I’ve been in for over 10 years… As the image depict, it’s zero here. A reader board just outside the base read -2 too… Damn that’s cold!
There’s a bill making its way through the Hill that will make some well liked, if not needed, changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill for we, the end users.
H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2014, which was introduced last year (Jan 23, 2013) with a good number of cosponsors (50), is slated to make a number if changes that’ll be good for both the average post-military student and disabled vets alike. However, do note that govtrack.us is only giving this bill a 42% chance of being enacted.
Nonetheless, here is the full title which really sums up the entire 20 page bill:
To amend title 38, United States Code, to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-State tuition rate, to make other improvements in the laws relating to benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Or you can just call it the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2014.
If you’re really into reading bills, like me, you can view the entire text of the bill here. For those normal people you can check out the summary, as presented by govtrack.us, below:
Do note that the first suggested change below (Section 3) is the most significant as it relates to education.
- Section 3 – Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary, to disapprove courses of education provided by a public educational institution that does not charge tuition and fees for veterans at the same rate that is charged for in-state residents, regardless of the veteran’s state of residence. Provides for the treatment of veterans enrolled in courses at such institutions before July 1, 2015.
- Section 4 – Extends through FY2018 the authorization of appropriations for: (1) a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team; and (2) grants to U.S. Paralympics, Inc.
- Section 6 – Makes eligible under VA homeless veterans reintegration program those homeless veterans who are: (1) participating in the VA supported housing program for which rental assistance is provided under the United States Housing Act of 1937, and (2) veterans who are transitioning from being incarcerated.
- Section 7 – Extends from 12 to 17 years after discharge or release from active-duty service the authorized period for veterans with service-connected disabilities to enroll in certain VA vocational training and rehabilitation programs.
- Section 8 – Reauthorizes through June 30, 2018 (under current law, the authorization expires as of June 30, 2013) certain qualifying work-study activities for individuals receiving educational assistance through the VA.
There’s more too… follow the link above to view the entire list.
It’s a well known fact that you’re smart. So I know I don’t have to remind you that your favorite old-salt sailor, Popeye, was a Coastie before he joined the Navy. But that was some time ago, he’s pushing 85 now.
With that out of the way I present you with a 3D printing (as pictured above) of said old-salt. Though I don’t see my wife letting me show this thing off in the house I do think it would make an awesome piece in the office. You?