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Edition: Thu, March 31, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The Warrior Ethos is a crucial acknowledgement of longstanding Army values, an affirmation of the qualities that make a Soldier great. I didn't just put it out there because we needed something on the poster. There is a lot of power in this, and each of us must embrace and understand it. The Warrior Ethos is not only about being a good Soldier, but a good spouse, parent, friend, and citizen. (Transcript)

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

TUITION ASSISTANCE FUNDING

Army tuition-assistance funding has been restored following a period in February and March when demand exceeded funding available at many installations.

The good news is that Soldiers have been taking advantage of their tuition assistance benefits at a brisk pace, hence the temporary shortfall in funding tuition assistance.

To address the high demand, the Installation Management Agency has received $21.4 million to subsidize the immediate tuition assistance shortfall.

The Army's Human Resources Command has also issued an exception to policy authorizing "after-the-fact" tuition assistance reimbursement for Soldiers who incurred personal expense to continue with college courses.

Soldiers who paid for courses out of pocket or who did not register for a class due to lack of funding should go to their installation education center by April 15 to make arrangements for tuition reimbursement or late enrollment.

Requests for special exception after April 15 will be forwarded to Human Resources Command for consideration.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

The White House announced Tuesday that the President will present the Medal of Honor to the widow of SFC Paul R. Smith on Apr. 4. SFC Smith was a true American hero who epitomized the Warrior Ethos.

To learn more about the Medal of Honor and SFC Smith, visit the web special at http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/

To learn more about the Warrior Ethos and the many Soldiers, family members, and DA Civilians who live it everyday, visit the Warrior Ethos web special at http://www.army.mil/warriorethos/

CALENDAR

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington Twilight Tattoos begin on May 4th. Each Tattoo is on a Wednesday evening at 7 pm on the White House Ellipse. They are free and open to the public.

The Twilight Tattoos involve the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army Drill Team and the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. For more information, click here.

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