The good news is that the US military supports their troops and their Spouse. For those troops who are looking to transition into becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant after the military or for those spouses that are looking to become a CNA, there are many opportunities that could help you.
Benefits for the Active Duties Member
One of the greatest benefits that exists for a military person is their tuition assistance (TA). You can use this to any accredited program and receive training on the military’s dime.
Although, like many things with the military, TA is not free. If you use TA, you will have to give 2 years of service. So, do not do this unless you have enough time left in your contract.
However, if you are on your way out and trying to secure education that will allow you to transition into the working world, there are many programs that exist that will help you in this department.
Schedule a meeting with you Command Adviser and discuss what you can do to access the free CNA training tuition re-reimbursement programs. If your command does not have a designated adviser, then you can always attend the military’s transition program coordinator and they should provide assistance on how to get your free tuition re-reimbursement for your CNA certification.
Ways that Spouses Can attain the Free CNA Education
Unlike active duty, there is no set way for a spouse to receive a free CNA certification. But that does not mean it can’t be done.
Because the job or role of a CNA is needed in just about every corner of the world, this profession is an acceptable course through a Military Aid Society. Each service has a different name for it, but the goal of these Aid Societies is to provide funding to aid a family member.
Just recently 4 spouses received full tuition by having the Airman & Family Readiness Center submitted a proposal to the Air Force Aid society. They received full tuition and costs of books and other expenses.
What to Do Now
Whether you are active duty or a spouse, there are many ways you can still attain a free CNA training and certification. The military has many different programs exist. The key is to be proactive.
Ask any military member and they will tell you that there are hundreds of programs or funding sources that never support because they don’t get clients. Basically, there is a lot of free support out there, but if you don’t get out there, be proactive and apply, you will never make it.
As the great Wayne Gretzky once said, “You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”Free CNA Scholarship for the Military and Their Spouse by Tiffany Michaels