Defense officials are considering limiting the scope of the popular Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program for new applicants, funding education providing “portable skills” rather than traditional four-year degrees, said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell.
The program provides military spouses up to $6,000 for education-related expenses, but it became so popular that the Defense Department abruptly halted the program in February while it tried to figure out how to fund it. MyCAA resumed in March, allowing the 136,583 people already enrolled in the program to access their accounts, but it has not accepted new applicants.
The program was originally intended to help spouses get training that would allow them to get a job after their families move from one base to the next, Morrell said on Thursday.
“I think this was designed to allow people the funds to go get a real estate license, for example, or some sort of home healthcare provider accreditation – things of that nature” Morrell said. “I do not think it was designed for what it has become for some, which is a way for people to gain the money to go get a four-year degree.”
People who want to a pursue higher education degree should avail themselves of the benefits of the Post Sept. 11 G.I. Bill, he said.
Officials are now deciding whether MyCAA needs to be refined to reflect its original intent, Morrell said.
“Hopefully, we’ll have something for you in the not too distant future,” he said.