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Soldier Joins Top Three Percent of Americans With Master’s of Business Administration

Only three percent of Americans hold doctoral or professional degrees, which is what makes one Fort Campbell soldier, Staff Sgt. Juan Carlos Gachet, among the United States elite. Gachet, a soldier of 20 years, is also a husband, father and immigrant. The 47-year-old’s accomplishments are not only honorable; they’re proof that education is within reach for all military personnel.
 gachetGachet began pursuing his higher education in the 1990s, graduating from the University of Maryland with an associate degree. “When I joined the army I set this education trend, and I set goals,” Gachet said to the Fort Campbell Courier. These goals had a quick snowball effect, as Gachet completed a second associate degree in 1999, this time in Business Management, then continued his education in the field. He received his Bachelor’s in Business Management in 2002 and a Master’s of Business Administration in 2008.He attributes his success to his own determination and the support of his family, but also the financial assistance provided by the Army. “Every Soldier should take advantage of these benefits,” said Gachet. “[It] will help them to further… their career. Or if they decide to leave, at least [they’ll leave] with a degree in hand.”

Gachet’s feelings are exactly why California Intercontinental University supports our troops and encourages our military service men and women to use their VA and GI Bill education benefits at our school. Contact us today to follow your dream, and join Gachet and the three percent of Americans.

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Military Pension Cuts Spark Outrage

Congress approved one of the more controversial bipartisan budget deals at the end of 2013, which mandates a $6 billion cut from military pensions. The deal, which President Obama signed the last week of December, is causing considerable tension among working age service men and women retirees

Critics of the cut believe it breaks a solemn pact made between the United States and those who have served their country. While the cut is a one percent reduction, it certainly adds up. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Budge Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Washington) have agreed to amend the deal to exempt survivors of those killed in action and disabled retirees from the cut, which will take back roughly 10% of the $6 billion dollars.

Supporters of the pension cuts note that before this deal, anyone who put in 20 years of time in the military could begin receiving their pension immediately. That is, an 18-year-old recruit could receive a full pension at the ripe age of 38. The goal of this deal was to save money by making cuts to those who would feel it less, such as young and able retirees. Additionally, the funds saved from this budget are purported to be recycled back into the military. Ryan noting, “Veterans aren’t Washington’s piggy bank.”

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Holiday Season Deeds: Operation Toy Drop & Cancer Patient Support

Military personnel celebrated the holiday season with the 16th annual Operation Toy Drop and a rally for cancer patient support. According to Paraglide, the official newspaper of Fort Braggs, 3,500 paratroopers donated toys to this year’s Operation Toy Drop to enter the drop lottery. The lottery, which included military personnel from nine different countries, such as Germany, Poland, Canada, Latvia, Italy Netherlands, Sweden, Chile and Brazil.

The Operation Toy Drop lottery only gives 500 soldiers the opportunity to participate in the mass tactical jump. Those US paratroopers who won the lottery jumped out of the sky together at the Sicily Drop Zone on Saturday, December 7, earning foreign jump wings. The toys, ranging from bikes to Barbie dolls, will benefit the children in their communities.

Meanwhile, at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, soldiers shaved their heads in support of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The soldiers who shaved their heads did it as a symbolic rally of solidarity after finding out that Staff. The soldiers then sent family members and friends afflicted with the disease special group photos so they could be certain they had a whole wealth of support during their treatment.

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The New Year Brings Military Tuition Assistance Changes

The new Tuition Assistance program changes took effect this New Year’s. For an at-a-glance look at the changes and how it may affect your Tuition Assistance at California Intercontinental University, please see below

Main Provisions

·      There is a semester cap on the number of semester hours that can be taken using TA: 130 semester hours for baccalaureate degree and 39 semester hours for the master’s degree.

·      You can take up to 16 semester hours per year.

·      If you completed your undergraduate degree without using TA, you do not have to wait 10 years to use TA for a graduate degree.

·      You can use TA one year after completing initial entry training (IET).

·      TA still cannot be used to a secondary, equivalent degree.

·      TA still cannot be used for the PhD, MD and JD.

·      Non-degree language course remain TA eligible.

·      TA can be used for one post-secondary certificate in trade programs such as computers or welding.

In 2013, the TA program funded the completion of 8,525 degrees for Active Soldiers, 1,469 for Reserve Soldiers and 1,359 for Guard Soldiers. The hope is that these new policy changes will keep military personnel who are in good standing in school while balancing the program budget.

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Military education in the Army

How the U.S. Army is designed to educate its officers in strategy and planning will determine success, or failure, in its efforts to produce and sustain strategic planners. The security challenges that will face the next generation of military leaders demands that action be taken now to reassess and redesign the ways in which the Army educates and develops uniformed professionals, expert in advice-giving on matters related to national policy, national strategy, and experienced in the operational planning and tactical execution of martial actions intended to translate strategic goals into tangible effects. This new information age of warfare reflects a uniquely complex and ambiguous strategic environment. It reveals a graying of the distinctions between the strategic and the tactical levels of war and a growing synchronicity between the martial and extramarital aspects of war. Perhaps at no other time in modern history has the notion of war as a continuation of politics and policy by other means been closer to reality.

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The professional officer education system needs to accurately and effectively reflect and affect the prevailing epoch of warfare. There are indications (empirical and anecdotal) that the current U.S. Army education system is antiquated; more an example of the past (‘modern’) strategic times than the present and future(‘post-modern’) strategic environment. The modern PME, a derivative of the mechanized age of warfare, is typified by: separate approaches to strategic level education, operational-level education, and tactical level education; differentiated (partitioned) career paths for officers trained in strategy versus operations and tactics; a seniority-based approach to the education and experiential learning of officers in national and grand strategy.

A service-based centricity in its pedagogy; and a military-centric approach to war policymaking and the development of future roles, functions, and missions for military strategic planners. The 2003 complex strategic environment calls for the synthesis of expertise in the three domains of war into one entity: the uniformed strategic planner. To meet this educational end, the current educational ways and means must be assessed, evaluated. Weak spots and points of failure must be identified – all on behalf of retooling the system in ways that facilitate the development of Army experts in national strategic planning.

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The US Military Association Benefits

VA EDUCATION BENEFITS

CALUNIVERSITY delivers a high-caliber education so you can advance your military career or prepare for a new civilian career right now, whether you are overseas or stateside. California Intercontinental University is classified as an Institution of Higher Learning. This allows students to use their VA Benefits and receive the maximum tuition reimbursement amounts. Students wishing to use his or her VA Educational Benefits must enroll in the Academic Term Program. You may also be eligible to receive credit for your military training and prior learning experiences that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE).

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Eligibility

For answers to questions regarding eligibility for various entitlement categories, please phone the VA at
(888)-GI-BILL1

Veterans’ Programs

Click here to learn more about eligibility and programs from the VA website.
Click here to download and view the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

VA Forms The VA provides an efficient, secure means of applying for education benefits electronically by using the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAAP).

Admissions

Veterans will only be certified for VA education benefits once they have completed the application and enrollment processes. Veterans may be approved for a 60-day deferment of tuition payments, allowing time for the VA to approve and set up education payments.

Click here for step-by-step procedures on applying for VA benefits.

Certification

If you are using education benefits, the School Certifying Official at California Intercontinental University will electronically certify your enrollment status approximately 5 days after your course starts. This certification verifies the number of credits you are taking and how long it took to complete.

Dropped Courses

Students who drop courses may be required by VA to repay benefits received for that class.

Academic Credit Transcripts

California Intercontinental University accepts transfer credit from accredited/approved academic institutions when the course content is deemed to be the equivalent to our own. For evaluation purposes student copies of transcript(s) are acceptable. Official transcripts must be on file at California Intercontinental University before students can begin.

Note: VA does not pay for repeated course(s). Examples: Course(s) when credit may be awarded from another college; academic course credit(s) obtained through a military evaluation; academic credit(s) earned at technical school(s); or any other source where academic credit was granted.

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Professional Military Education

It is Congress’ responsibility, through its authorization of funds and statements of policy, along with the leaders of the Department of Defense (the Department), to ensure that military personnel who are asked to support the national security of the United States are properly prepared and equipped for their missions.

A program for development leading to commissioning and continuing through the length of a career supports the preparation of military officers who lead the armed forces. For the most senior, those with the most responsibility, careers stretch from 20 to 40 years. Officer development programs include providing the right officers the right training, experience, and education at the right time. The principal purpose of professional military education (PME) is to educate officers throughout their careers in preparation for this unique public trust.

The U.S. Armed Forces generally recognize the value of education separate from training, and they place special emphasis on the importance of in-residence officer education. PME contributes to an officer being able to take on responsibilities and challenges commensurate with increases in rank. The services seek to instill competence in core service functions and specific weapon systems in their officer candidates and junior officers. This knowledge is to be broadened to the operational level (combined arms and joint campaigns) for majors and lieutenant colonels (Navy lieutenant commanders and commanders, O-4s and O-5s). Finally, the military requires policy and strategic-level thinking from its colonels and flag officers (O-6 through O-10). Generally, training programs are highly utilitarian while the education system, particularly at the senior level, is intended to develop habits of mind and modes of analysis. As many military leaders have said, “we train for certainty and we educate for uncertainty.” Still, all of the PME courses have elements of both training and education. By and large, the more junior the officers, the heavier the component of training in the courses they take. The more senior the officers, the heavier the education component in their courses.

PME encompasses a diversity of subject matter. Each service is responsible for educating officers in their core competencies according to service needs. Air Force schools, for example, primarily teach air and space warfare. Similarly, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps schools focus on land, maritime, and expeditionary warfare, respectively. The Department depends on the services’ PME to develop officers with these service-specific proficiencies. Over the years, service and joint PME have become intertwined to some measure, which should become evident in the system described in the pages that follow. This is in part due to the services embracing joint operations to the point where multi-service cooperation has become the norm. Joint doctrine in many cases also serves as service doctrine. This assimilation has even extended down to the level of joint tactics, techniques, and procedures. This overlap also gives rise to confusion in discussing, and sometimes equating, PME and JPME.

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Surviving Spouse and Military Benefits

Surviving spouses or children of deceased or disabled servicemen are often completely oblivious to the fact that there are so many survivor scholarships out there. With over $300 million of military survivor scholarships and grants available, there is definitely a lot of money in survivor scholarships. So if you’re considering advancing your education and your parent or husband/wife served in the military and is now currently deceased or injured, you should definitely look into getting a survivor scholarship.

Allot of people will try to tell you that it’s impossible to get a scholarship and that scholarships are too difficult to get. The truth is that there are a wide variety of different kinds of scholarships, and while some may take a ingenious science experiment to get, many just require a genuine essay stating why you need the scholarships. If it’s as simple as just writing a short essay for a couple hundred bucks, why not try for it?

Another myth that many people will tell you when you’re considering pursuing a scholarship or grant is that the scholarships aren’t necessary because the Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance Program will help you pay for school, and will cover pretty much all your tuition costs. While it is true the DEA is a great program for survivor spouses and children seeking educational assistance, It’s also true that having a couple extra buckaroos in your pocket from writing a simple essay for a scholarship isn’t going to hurt you.

Another of the myths that many people will feed to you as a reason not to get a scholarship is that scholarships are too hard to find. Well that’s just plain not true! Scholarships for all kinds of things are available to many students right now, just sitting there unclaimed. Truth is, not many students know where to look for scholarships, and that’s the main reason they go unclaimed for so long. You can start in your search for scholarships by looking on a scholarship finder. Ask a recruiter also if they know of any specific scholarships being offered for your subject of interest.

So as you can see there are many options when it comes to scholarships for survivor spouses/children of deceased/disabled service members. Even though your loved one has passed on you can still succeed in your own personal life and they’ll look down on you and smile since you’re getting your life on the right track. Don’t you think it’s time for you to take advantage of the educational opportunities that are available to you? Within a short time, you could be on the track to getting a great scholarship and a great education, all you need to do is try!

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Interested in TRICARE ECHO

If you have a family member who is in the United states Military, you can get healthcare from a program known as TRICARE Extended Health Option.

What are the TRICARE / ECHO benefits? TRICARE / ECHO benefits include medical coverage of the many areas including medical services, rehabilitative services, training for assistive technology, special education for special needs spouses and children, Institutional care for conditions that require residential environments(such as hospital visits), Ambulance costs, translators for speaking or hearing impaired beneficiaries, in home or caretaker services, along with any necessary medical equipment a patient requires. TRICARE is actually the most affordable, comprehensive and easy medical program.

Who is covered by the TRICARE / ECHO benefits? Anybody who has a spouse or child to an active duty member, including reserve soldiers who have been active duty for a period of 30 days or more can be benefited. Another case where a family member or spouse of a retired Armed Forces member can receive the TRICARE / ECHO benefits if the child or spouse is a victim of physical or emotional abuse. It also offers the programs on health care for the retired persons which include TRICARE dental, TRICARE pharmacy and also TRICARE for the life.

The benefits will kick in and cover your medical bills or any other necessary costs that may result from the qualifying conditions required by ECHO. ECHO’s qualifying conditions are that you’re suffering from moderate to severe mental retardation or a serious physical disability.

Luckily the old program, TRICARE Program for the Persons with Disabilities, was replaced by the TRICARE Extended Health Option, on September 1, 2005. This change reflected a drastic change in how TRICARE functioned overall. The coverage limits of Persons of the Program for the Persons with Disabilities was only $1000 per month, but with the TRICARE / ECHO program, beneficiaries are looking at benefits of up to two thousand and five hundred dollar per month for each eligible family. Another TRICARE / ECHO benefit is that beneficiaries who are stuck at home due to an injury or mental retardation can qualify for extended in-home health care. The old program, the Program for the Persons with Disabilities, required recipients to use public facilities and funds to the extent which is required or available… how much does that suck? Instead with the ECHO program that requirement is no longer for the majority, but only for a small group of ECHO beneficiaries.

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The United States Active Duty Education Resources

Active duty education resources service offers various benefits for the United States military, spouses, children and families. You may be eligible for more than one educational benefit at one time. Have a look at our list of active duty education resources and check your eligibility for each resource.

Military Active Duty Education Resources

Military Active Duty Education Resources assist as program guidelines to determine eligibility in between services. Here is the list of military tuition assistance education programs:

  • Army Tuition Assistance
    1. Provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a soldier’s professional goals
    2. Open to nearly all soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) including Army Reserve and Army National Guard on active duty.
    3. The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance: 100% Tuition and Fees not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • Navy Tuition Assistance
    1. available to both Naval Officer and Enlisted active duty personnel and Naval Reservists on continuous active duty
    2. available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty 120 days and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more
    3. be on active duty for the whole length of the course
    4. Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
    5. receive counseling from a Navy College Office
    6. remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of courses funded by TA
    7. The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance: 100% Tuition and Fee not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and 16 Semester Hours (24 Quarter Hours or 240 Clock Hours)@ Fiscal Year
  • Marine Corps Tuition Assistance
    1. 100% tuition and fees for courses taken by active duty personnel.
    2. The maximum amount paid for Tuition Assistance: 100% Tuition and Fee not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
    1. 100% Tuition and Fees not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • National Guard Tuition Assistance
    1. Eligible to members of active duty, reserve and civilian employees – in their professional development by providing funding for off-duty voluntary education courses to broaden their academic or Coast Guard technical background.
    2. 100% Tuition not to exceed: $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and $4500 @ Fiscal Year
  • Reserve Tuition Assistance
    1. Members of the National Guard are eligible for tuition assistance.
    2. Members state funded education incentives based on state guidelines and eligibility such as TA, waivers, exemptions, student loan repayment from Army National Guard (ARNG) and Air National Guard (ANG) services
  • Military Education Support Programs
    You will be entitled to specific college funds, scholarships and education programs if you are eligible for one of these military active duty education resources. The following is the list of military active duty education resources and support programs:

    1. Army Voluntary Education Programs
      1. GoArmyEd
      2. Tuition Assistance
      3. Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCAD)
      4. eArmyU
      5. Other Army Education Resources
    2. Navy Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Navy Advanced Education Voucher
      2. Navy Graduate Education Voucher
      3. Tuition Assistance
      4. Servicemembers Opportunity College ( SOCNAV)
      5. College-At-Sea (NCPACE)
      6. Seaman to Admiral (STA-21)
      7. Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Grants
      8. Other Navy Education Benefit Programs
    3. Air Force Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Tuition Assistance
      2. The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
      3. Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
      4. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
      5. General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP)
    4. Marine Corps Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Marine Deployed Education Programs
      2. Library Programs
      3. Military Academic Skills Program (MASP)
      4. Military Tuition Assistance (TA)
      5. United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)
      6. Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
      7. Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Marine Corps (SOCMAR)
      8. Spouse Tuition Assistance (TA)
    5. Coast Guard Voluntary Education Programs
      1. Tuition Assistance
      2. SOCCOAST
      3. SOCCOAST Afloat
      4. The Coast Guard Foundation Grant
      5. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)
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