Friday, September 16, 2005

On the fifth day of opt out a recruiter said to me.....
"Up to $70,000 for college after you serve"

The 12 Days of Opt Out
September 12-24, 2005

Check out this blogsite as it changes each day during Sept. 12-24 to educate and highlight the various ways schools are militarized.

Reality of funds for college
Recruiters salespitches promise a lot- but do they deliver?
How much will you really get?

Military advertising makes you think that if you enlist, $70,000 you will get for your college education.

But most soldiers never get anywhere near that $70,000. In fact, 57% get nothing. The average net payout to veterans has been $2151.

There are so many hoops that you have to jump through in order to receive college funds. Most service people never see a penny of the $1,200 a newly enlisted soldier must agree to have withheld from their pay for their first year of service, in order to be eligable for college funds. The Pentagon actually makes money on the program.

To receive any money, you must:
• contribute $100 of your own money each month,
• accept a hard-to-fill military job category,
• complete your term of enlistment, and
• receive an honorable discharge.

From the San Francisco Chronicle May, 2005:
According to College Board calculations for the 2004-5 academic year, the current annual benefit of $9,036 covers about 60 percent of the average $14,640 for tuition, books, fees, and living expenses at a four-year public residential college.
The (military college) benefit covers only about 60 percent of the average cost of college, according to the College Board's estimates.

And if you are in the Reserves, your benefits are less, and only available while you are in the Reserves.

•Financing College Without Joining the Military

•Fund for Education and Training (FEAT)
"Assisting individuals who believe it is wrong to register for the draft"

•Debunking the myth- It's not gonna be $50,000-$70,000

•Military Money for College- A Reality Check

•GI Blues: Military recruiters promise 'money for college', but recent veterans find that tuition benefits fall short- S.F. Chronicle

•Alternatives to the Military- United for Peace and Justice


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