Chances are you won’t shout “Hooah” the next time your husband receives PCS orders to a new post. It means another resignation at a dead-end job, and the search for a yet another.
If you are the spouse of a lower-ranking enlisted officer, warrant officer, or officer, there are now Army wife benefits that can help you get the education you need to help provide for your family with a rewarding, portable career.
MyCAA, the Army’s Answer
The Department of Defense recognizes that spouse employment at a living wage is crucial to a young military family’s financial stability.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) has been a successful program that helps Army families increase their financial security and therefore increase military readiness.
The MyCAA scholarship program gives Army spouses of lower-ranking military members up to $4,000 (up to $2,000 a year) to get the education needed to finish some associate’s degrees, or obtain licenses or credentials to quality for a job in a covered portable career.
Who Is Eligible?
The following spouses of military members of the rank of E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2 are eligible for the MyCAA program, as long as the military member meets any of the following criteria:
- Active Duty member of the Department of Defense
- Activated National Guard or Reserve
- Severely injured, ill, wounded, or killed in action
If spouses are legally separated or are themselves under active duty orders, they do not qualify for this program.
Which Training Is Eligible?
Not every course is eligible for funding under MyCAA. The scholarship is limited to programs that grant certain associate degrees, certifications, or licenses. The coursework must be completed within three years, or within the time an activated Reserve or Guard member is under Title 10 orders.
You will be responsible for all costs if you enroll in any course without an approved MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) document.
Covered Fees and Expenses
MyCAA pays for tuition and any licensing or credentials you need for your new job. These include teacher’s state certifications, Bar or CPA exams, or licenses for medical positions.
The program does not pay for expenses such as computers, non-educational fees, childcare, or transportation.
If your course cost includes your books, supplies you might need for class, or any other necessary equipment, MyCAA will cover those costs. The payments will not be made to you, but directly to the school via electronic payment from MyCAA.
Finding Out More
If you are interested in the MyCAA program as part of your Army wife benefits, visit the MyCAA Scholarship Home to create an account. Learn more about MyCAA program funding.
Only one in five military spouses take advantage of this program. If you are eligible and want to improve your employability, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Take advantage of your Army wife benefits.