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MyCAA Program Halted

My Career Advancement Accounts have been halted with no notice. This appears on the website (along with Military OneSource’s website):

Effective immediately, the MyCAA program is temporarily halting operations. We are reviewing all procedures, financial assistance documents and the overall program. This pause will not affect approved Financial Assistance documents. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check back for updates.

Those who have pending applications or who have not yet received approval for funds are basically out of luck. Way to go military! Leave nearly 100,000 spouses who are taking advantage of the program wondering what they should do next. Not to mention, putting them in the middle of a school program that they may no longer be able to financially afford.

There is no indication when, if ever, the program will come back.


About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Randy Plunkett February 23, 2010, 8:05 pm

    I am very upset over this decision – 98000 spouses are using this program. Where is the demand from our elected officials for reasons? Our spouse community deserves an explanation.
    Retired Patriot

  • Stacey February 24, 2010, 6:32 pm

    This was a complete shock to me. I just registered for my classes next semester and called to ask a question about updating my career plan and was told. I only have three classes to go to get this certification done but, was planning on going a bit further to complete a degree. If I do not take them now, then I have to wait another year for the same courses again. It’s just like anyone in Dental Hygiene or Physical Therapy Assistant, you have to take the courses in a sequence. This is really harsh.

  • mfisher32 March 3, 2010, 5:16 am

    I’m writing to ask your members of congress to join the Congressional Military Family Caucus in
    signing a letter to the Pentagon urging Defense officials to reinstate
    Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (CAA).
    The Pentagon suspended CAA enrollments last week, citing concerns about
    the potential cost because much larger-than-expected numbers of spouses
    were enrolling.
    Congress authorized the CAA program last year to authorize financial
    support to help military spouses with education, training, and
    certification/licensing expenses needed to offset career disruptions
    caused by military-directed relocations.
    The suspension has left 38,000 applicants hanging, with no viable
    alternative. The abrupt suspension jeopardizes the tremendous goodwill
    and appreciation engendered among spouses for this extremely important
    program.
    Additionally, my spouse is one of the 38,000. She was entering her class
    codes into the system to complete her application at 5 pm one evening and
    saw that they had shut down the program only 1 hour earlier. We couldn’t
    believe it – she had already been told by program officials by email that
    she had been approved for the program. She is concerned, as she has
    already enrolled in the courses and will have to pay, regardless of how
    the program turns out. In fact, she is concerned that the University will
    collect and then by her paying, will make her ineligible for MyCAA funding
    which is to be handled directly between the Federal government and the
    University.
    Please ask your members of congress to contact the offices of the Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Sanford Bishop
    or Cathy McMorris-Rogers by noon Monday, March 1 to join in signing the
    Caucus letter.

  • Melissa March 7, 2010, 7:55 pm

    omg I hope it comes back soon. This is the first I’ve heard of this. Without it I can’t afford next semester.

  • Cheyenne March 11, 2010, 2:16 pm

    GREAT NEWS! Beginning March 13, 2010 military spouses who are currently enrolled in the MyCAA program will once again be able to receive tuition assistance. Visit militaryonesource.com for more info!

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