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By Hendrick Simoes
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The U.S. Navy will continue to cover 100 percent of sailors’ tuition costs through September of next year, the chief of Naval Operations announced this week. Adm. Jonathan Greenert told sailors at an all-hands call in Mayport, Fla., on Tuesday that he wanted tuition assistance to remain at 100 percent for fiscal year 2015. The all hands call was live streamed over the Internet.
However, Greenert did not exclude the possibility of introducing at some point a split-pay model in which the Navy would pay 75 percent and the sailor 25 percent of tuition costs.
Greenert said the Navy may eventually ask sailors to put some “skin in the game,” but he said he wanted tuition assistance to be at 100 percent for fiscal year 2015.
The Navy increased tuition assistance from 75 percent to 100 percent in 2002 in an effort to boost recruitment and retention. That policy has been a mainstay of the Navy’s program ever since.