For sailors wanting the Navy to pay for more college courses, your prayers have been answered. Navy officials are eliminating service specific credit caps, allowing sailors to take more college classes.
Many in the service have pushed back in recent years against the Navy’s long-standing TA limits, along with tightening rules related to tuition assistance over the last decade-plus.
It’s another sign that as the Navy prepares to grow by 20,000 by the end of fiscal year, 2023, Vice Adm. Robert P. Burke, chief of naval personnel, is pulling out all the stops to keep sailors in the ranks.
In the past six months, Burke has expanded up or out tenure limits and increased re-up bonuses. And in the past month, through a series of messages, has put a full-court press on commands to concentrate more on retention on a daily basis by being more responsive to sailors’ needs at the deckplate level.