Obama’s Sequestration Cuts Tuition Assistance for Army and Marine Personnel

In yet another display of hatred and disregard for America’s military personnel, both the Army and Marines have announced that they are cutting all tuition assistance to servicemen and women who are newly enrolling in classes.

The tuition assistance program was established to allow military personnel the chance to complete their high school diploma, a certificate program, college or master’s degree.  The program will pay all expenses for the education up to $250 per semester credit hour or up to $4,500 per fiscal year.  This has been a well-used program to help thousands of our military men and women to prepare for careers both in and out of the military.

Last Friday, a statement was posted on the GoArmyEd.com website that read:

“The Secretary of the Army has approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance effective 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 8, 2013. Soldiers will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance.  However, Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for Tuition Assistance are not affected, and will be allowed to complete current course enrollment(s).”

“This change in the Army Tuition Assistance program applies to all Soldiers, including the Army National Guard and Army Reserves.”

Paul Prince, a Pentagon spokesman for the Army sent an email to Stars and Stripes, which read in part:

“This suspension is necessary given the significant budget execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration.  The Army understands the impacts of this action and will re-evaluate should the budgetary situation improve.”

Some veterans groups, like Student Veterans of America have condemned the tuition cut and claim that it will only hurt the chances of many military personnel in getting a decent job when they finish their military service.  Not being able to afford to take classes on their own, the tuition cut will only leave more men and women who served our country in debt.

Michael Dakduk, executive director of Student Veterans of America responded to the tuition cuts saying:

“It is utterly unacceptable that the first casualties of Congress’ inability to act are education benefits for service members.  The decisions of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army set a dangerous precedent that educating our nation’s service members and veterans is an expendable option.”

Obama is purposely making the sequester cuts as painful as possible for everyone in the country except himself.  The White House cut tours to the public, but they have maintained their staff of calligraphers ($227,000), dog walker ($100,000), and a number of other unnecessary staff.  There are also reports circulating that Obama is not making any cuts to the family vacations, use of Air Force One or the White House limo service.

Obama is cutting the Border Patrol, Customs and TSA, all in an effort to delay people traveling and to further risk our national security on the border with Mexico.  Now, he’s taking away one of the few incentives that our military personnel have and one that draws many into serving.

Eleven year Army veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Vido Barina of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade serving in Wiesbaden, Germany shared his concerns over the matter saying:

“Every commercial, every brochure, has money for college written all over it … recruiting us into the Army and then taking away one of the main reasons we joined is a bit hypocritical.  There are so many things that cost a lot of money and don’t need to take place that are not getting the ax.”

Obama and his Democratic minions need to point the blade of the chopping ax at themselves, instead of at the American people.  After all, how do they expect everyone else to cut spending if they don’t?  I was always taught that the best leadership was done by example, not dictate.  Obama believes it’s the other way around, lead by dictatorship, not by example.