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My take on MyCAA

July 20, 2010

Portable careers – or is that a portable “job”? Social workers – need at the very least, a bachelors. Teachers, nurses, mental health providers, counselors – yup, you need at least a Bachelors. Now, if you need a counselor, would you rather have a milspouse who understands exactly what you are going through? would you rather have a teacher for your kids, who understands what deployments do to the family? So why the HELL isn’t DoD working with us, investing in US!!! We are there, we want to work, we want to study, we want to help our military families – so why the HELL doesn’t DoD take advantage of the workforce they have, instead of hiring those expensive contractors??? WHY????

This part, on the MilitaryOneSource page, just irked me… IRKED me.

DoD maintains that:

Military spouses are the backbone for military families, displaying strength of character to be admired by this nation. The Department of Defense remains committed to investing in military families, and appreciates the sacrifice of those who also serve

Now, supposedly, we also will be able to use MilitaryOneSource for more career counseling.

Starting 8 a.m. (EDT) Monday October 25, 2010, Military OneSource career and education counselors will have a much more active role in supporting military spouses. In addition to understanding resources available via DoD’s financial aid support, they will provide support and assistance to identify and gain access to other federal, state, and local programs. All military spouses of active duty service members will be eligible for career counseling and support.

What will happen to the Guard and Reserve spouses? well…..

Additionally, the review revealed that National Guard and Reserve members must be on active duty for their spouses to receive the MyCAA benefit. Spouses may no longer use the MyCAA benefit when the service member is in an alert or demobilization period. The new eligibility rule takes effect immediately.

Lovely, isn’t it? The Guard gets used and used and used… and this is what they get… if you are in the middle of the program and your Guard spouse is demobed… I guess you are SOL.

Great. Promises made, should be kept.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2010 9:54 pm

    Par for the course. The reserve components are always treated like the red headed step children.

  2. LAW permalink
    July 20, 2010 9:58 pm

    that was the name of the group we started when we got kicked out of the FRG during the MN Guard deployment. RedHeaded stepchildren…

  3. July 20, 2010 10:37 pm

    Guard/Reserves get nothing, what’s new? And the whole deployment thing? According to the BBC, only 1 in 4 get deployed, so if our spouse isn’t that 1 in 4, we might as well call ourselves civilians who (if lucky) one of them wears fancy camo once a month (other than a trip to his unit last month, my husband hasn’t done anything for the Army since December).

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