By Bradley Hood
Contributor, In Military Education

With the amplified effect of multiple sequestration cuts and downsizing corresponding to the scaling down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many service members have found themselves in a tough spot. Early outs, delayed and decreased opportunities for promotion and in some cases even forced separations.

By Debra Wales
Education Coordinator, American Military University

In addition to using Tuition Assistance (TA) or your GI Bill to fund your education, you have the option of using a Pell Grant. It’s a Federal Grant usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree and unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid.

by Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes
special to

NAPLES, Italy — Many U.S. military members are going to have to work a little harder to become immersed in the Italian culture after Navy officials in Naples announced they are once again enacting a mandate that all newcomers with dependents live in available base housing.

And this time, no exceptions.

Officials will grant no waivers for those families who, for example, might exceed the two-pet limit. Or those who just really want to live off base.

Sgt. Jesse Houk, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

CHAMPAIGN — Each year on May 10, the U.S. military honors those who do not wear the uniform but who stand beside their service members every day — military spouses.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day was established by Ronald Reagan in 1984 and is celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day each year.

By Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff
Program Director, M.Ed. in School Counseling at American Public University

As we celebrate the month of the military child in April, I reflect on my own experience as a military child many years ago. I enjoyed moving and adjusting to new places, but the challenges I did not look forward to often occurred in the school setting.  I remember moving suddenly from Ft. Clayton, Panama prior to the ousting of Noriega and being tossed from a Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDs) to a public school in Arkansas.

By John Aldrich
Associate Vice President, Military Relations at American Military University

It isn’t uncommon for a military spouse to put his or her own education and career goals on the back-burner because of family commitments. While it can be challenging to find the time to take classes, there are ways to make it work for you and your family.

By Craig Gilman
Faculty Member at American Military University

When you wear your uniform and look into the mirror, what do you see? What characteristics do you possess that caused you to dedicate yourself to years, if not a lifetime, of service to a cause greater than yourself? The following is a summary of the personal, professional, and other traits that school principals look for when they consider hiring new teachers.

by John Aldrich
Director, Military Outreach
American Military University

Finding the time to study or attend college during the day, evening, or online is challenging enough for an active duty service member, but for a spouse of an active duty service member who may manage the household or work outside of the home, or both, finding the time to complete your educational goals can seem like a dream.   Finding the time to go back to school doesn’t have to be a dream though.