Benefits

For Service Members – Benefits

If you’re looking for tuition assistance or help with finding a job, many agencies and organizations are ready to assist. On this page, Military OneSource provides valuable information, benefits and tips about higher education and. …
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The Department of Defense Education Activity — Strong Foundations for Military-Connected Children

With frequent moves for military families, finding the right school for your child is a crucial way to ease their transition. Department of Defense Education Activity schools provide education for children of service members and Department of Defense civilians that’s competitive with any school system, from pre-K through high school.

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Becoming an Officer in the Military After College

While it’s common knowledge that basic training sets recruits on the pathway toward becoming an enlisted service member, those with a desire for leadership opportunities and a bachelor’s degree can take another route into a military career – as a commissioned officer.

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Ways to Support Your Children in School

As the guardian of your family, you want to both protect your children and help them be their best. Helping them to learn and grow is a big way to achieve both goals.

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Helping Your Children Change Schools

Frequent moving to new duty stations is fact of military life. Be prepared to help your school-age children with changing schools—it can go a long way to helping them adjust in healthy ways to some of the routines of military life.

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Understanding the Survivor Benefit Plan

The Survivor Benefit Plan, or SRB, allows retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse or other eligible beneficiary after their death. Every retiring service member with an eligible spouse or child receives automatic enrollment in the Survivor Benefit Plan at the maximum level

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Special Education Programs and Resources for Military Families

Families with special needs have a wide range of programs and services available for both family members with special needs and their caregivers. Here is a sampling of the various resources and tools available to you through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, or OSEP.

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What Schools Are Available to Children on Military Installations?

When it’s time to relocate, you need to know what education opportunities are available for your children at the new installation. The Department of Defense is committed to making sure all military children have the opportunity for a quality education that prepares them for success.

Benefits

For Children and Youth – Benefits

Getting the best education for your kids is easier and more affordable if you take advantage of all the benefits and programs available to you as a service member. Military children and youth programs Every branch of the military. …
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Tips for Teachers Working With Children During Deployment

Deployment can be difficult for military families, and teachers can be one of the main points of contact for children during this time. The goal of the webinar is to assist teachers in identifying both students and parents who may be experiencing. …
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Report Shows MyCAA Is Linked With Higher Earnings Among MilSpouses

This report examines characteristics associated with MyCAA Scholarship application and use, scholarship plan completion, spouse employment and earnings, and service continuation of personnel married to MyCAA-eligible spouses.

Helping Your Child Find a Mentor

Sometimes other adults have the special gift of helping our children see and use their strengths and talents. This is mentorship.

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Travel Planning – The Essentials

Service members and their families can use Space-Available (Space-A) flights to travel. Though sometimes unpredictable, military flights are perfect for families with flexible plans and limited travel budgets. You can sign up for a Space-A flight through a military terminal up to 60 days in advance.

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TA DECIDE — Make Informed Decisions About Your Education

The first step in your education plan is choosing the right school. The Department of Defense has developed the TA DECIDE tool to make it easier than ever to compare schools and programs to help you meet your education goals.

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The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

The NGYCP is a voluntary 5½-month residential program followed by a year-long mentorship. Its goal is to get teenagers on track toward graduating from high school and on to a promising future.

Supporting Military Children During the New School Year

As a friend or family member, you can help the military family in your life rise to the challenges of schooling during COVID-19 by letting them know you are there to listen to their concerns and to help in any way you can.

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How to Transfer Your Post9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits to Family Members

The Post-9/11 GI Bill gives generous education benefits to service members, and as an extra perk, you may share these benefits with your family. However, starting July 12, 2019, a recent change limits transfer of the benefit to service members with between 6 and 16 years of service. There used to be no upper limit on when you could transfer the benefit.

Department of Defense Summer Camps

Have some activities planned to keep your kids busy, engaged and having fun when school lets out. Department of Defense summer camps may be a great addition to your child’s summer lineup.

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Ways to Help Your Children Cope With Moving

You’ve received your PCS orders. Between looking for a new home and packing, you’ll have another big job to do if you’re a military parent — helping your kids cope with moving.