ERIC Number: ED220686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Plans for a New GI Education Program for the All-Volunteer Military. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Education, Training and Employment of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
This document is a transcript of the eighth hearing of the United States House Committee on Veterans Affairs covering plans for a new GI education program for the all-volunteer military (development of House Resolution 1400). Testimony was given by U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, Representative Robert W. Edgar (subcommittee chairman), and representatives of the military services, especially recruiters, career counselors, and veterans' affairs specialists. All testimony centered on the desirability of enactment of a new GI bill, both for recruitment of qualified applicants and for retention of current enlistees. Persons testifying noted that although recruiting numbers are presently up, the probable cause for this is the state of the economy, especially high unemployment. When these conditions are corrected, the witnesses said, the GI Bill would become a very strong recruiting and retention tool for the volunteer military. The witnesses also noted that there is presently some inequity in how bonuses for enlistment are paid, depending on the re-enlistee's possession of critical skills. They stated that educational benefits should be accrued across the board, available for everyone who has served in the military. Witnesses also said there is a necessity to extend the expiration date for the Vietnam Veterans' education bonus bill so that these veterans do not have to choose between leaving the service and losing their educational benefits. (KC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Identifiers: All Volunteer Armed Forces; Congress 97th; GI Bill