Online Education Increasing Popular for Military PersonnelEvoLLLution NewsWire
“If we can do it here in Afghanistan … then anyone can do it,” Spc. Andrea Muresan told the Courier-Journal, after receiving her degree under a camouflage canopy in Afghanistan.
This is a positive development given the unemployment of Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans is 12.7 percent, compared to a national average of 8.2 percent.
“When I got off work, there was nothing to do but study and work out. You might as well take advantage of it,” said Sgt. Ashley Branson, a full-time member of the Kentucky National Guard who took criminal justice courses while stationed at Bagram Airbase from 2010-2011.
Tuition benefits for soldiers and benefits have changed drastically in recent years. In 2003, the Department of Defense increased its tuition benefits to $250/hour, a $63/hour increase that covers full tuition for most institutions.
More than that, there has been a boom in the number of institutions offering learning opportunities to soldiers; from a few dozen at the dawn of the 2000s to well over 2,600 today.