TUITION ASSISTANCE FUNDING

Thursday March 31, 2005

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 https://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 https://www.army.mil/warriorethos/

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • First Medal of Honor to be awarded in Operation Iraqi Freedom (ARNEWS)
  • Valor and courage in Iraq earns Medal of Honor (USAT | EB)
  • Army restores tuition assistance, offers back payment (ARNEWS)
  • Army Stryker called faulty (WP | EB)
  • Abrams tanks prove useful in urban warfighting (WT | EB)
  • U.S. Soldier says shooting of Iraqi man was out of mercy (WP | EB)
  • USO center in Afghanistan to be named for Tillman (SS | EB)
  • "A science-fiction Army" -- Editorial (NYT | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Troop-strength assessment in Iraq expected this summer (AFIS)
  • Iraqi, U.S. forces gain ground against terrorists (AFIS)
  • Long-range plans key to winning antiterror effort (AFIS)
  • Senator calling for Iraq pullout deadline (SFC | EB)
  • Iraqi police overhaul sought after admission of deaths, torture (BG/EB)
  • Insurgent attacks low, but attacks on Iraqi government increasing (NYDN | EB)
  • Shiites attacked while traveling to religious festival (PI | EB)
  • U.S. asked to intervene in Iraqi political fights (WP | EB)
  • "The Iraq war's outsourcing snafu" -- Opinion (LAT | EB)
  • CENTCOM command chief has high praise for Afghanistan (CENTCOM News)

OF INTEREST

  • No change expected at coalition base in Kyrgyzstan (AFIS)
  • Korean president stresses alliance with U.S. (KT/EB)
  • Iran sees possibility of war behind diplomacy efforts (CSM | EB)
  • Iranian president gives tour of nuclear plants (LAT | EB)
  • Venezuela agrees to arms purchase with Spain (NYT | EB)
  • New program helps wounded veterans with job skills, employment (WP | EB)
  • Mental disorders among war veterans on the rise (USAT | EB)
  • Pentagon and unions set date for talks on personnel system changes (WP | EB)
  • Wolfowitz eases concerns of Europe (WSJ/EB)
  • Intelligence commission recommendations met with criticism (WP | EB)

WORLD VIEW

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Events

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.

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

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