Recruitment and retention always are among the biggest challenges facing the military, including the Pennsylvanian National Guard.
To ease that struggle, and to reward the many of the 20,000 citizen soldiers who serve their fellow Pennsylvanians and Americans in the state National Guard, the Wolf administration has proposed, in effect, a state-level G.I. Bill of Rights for education.
Under the proposal, the state would provide up to 10 semesters of tuition-free education for the service member’s spouse or family to attend at any of the 14 universities in the State System of Higher Education, when the soldier enlists or re-enlists for six years. The benefit could be used by a service member’s spouse or children through age 26, while the soldier