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Military Spouse MyCAA Program Restarts October 25
by Reggie Revis, Training Assessment Manager, ProTrain

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The immensely popular MyCAA program for military spouses will re-start October 25 after a six-month hiatus. The revamped program will be similar to the old model, but with a few important changes. Instead of being open to a spouse of any active duty person, the program will now be available only to spouses of personnel in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2. The financial awards benefit will be a maximum of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000 and will be limited to associate degrees, certification and licensures. Waivers will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000. The new guidelines reflect a return to the original purpose of the program - to assist spouses of service members in achieving portable careers. Additionally, if a service member is in an alert or demobilization period, a spouse will not be able to use the MyCAA benefit.

Prospective participants in the program will continue to be able to choose from a wide variety of courses in healthcare, business, IT, trades, finance, hospitality and other categories. If all goes as planned, the MyCAA program will not likely experience another shut down as it did earlier this year. In fact, the DoD is looking long term with an expected pay-out of $250 million in financial awards for the next year or so before stabilizing at about $190 million per year going forward.

Most certification programs can be completed well within a 12-month timeframe - some in less time depending on the studentÕs discipline. Courses generally are online, a feature that has worked out extremely well for spouses currently in the program. The online, self-paced model alleviates the fear of not being able to complete a course due to PCS (family relocation).

Spouses wanting more information concerning portable educational pathways and the benefits of certifications and licensures for lifelong occupational choices can call 1-800-371-2963 to speak with a training advisor. The advisors will be ready to discuss the student's background and explore the best career paths for potential students and their families. Once they have decided upon their in-demand, portable career choice, students are encouraged to visit the official MyCAA Web portal (https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/default.aspx) where they can create an account and get additional information regarding the program.

As military spouse Catherine Turillo summarizes, "I need to do this for my children and myself. What if the unthinkable happens - a serious injury, my husband dies in the line of duty, or even divorce? I've got to be prepared to take care of my family!" So, make the call to a training advisor at 1-800-371-2963 to get started with your new career today!

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