Military Spouse Career Advancement Account

The Career Advancement Accounts (CAA) Program and military spouse scholarships allow military spouses to enroll in a career training program without worrying about how to pay for tuition.
Military spouses who are not eligible for CAA funding may have their tuition waived when their active-duty spouse enrolls at using Tuition Assistance (TA). This is available under  Military Family Scholarship Program, which is an in-house military spouse scholarship program designed to give military spouses and dependents more opportunities to get the career training they need. Restrictions apply, available for certain programs and courses only.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (CAA) project is a demonstration with a limited time duration. CAA helps military spouses get the training and education they need for careers that will persist during multiple relocations.  The Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Defense (DoD) have co-sponsored this time-limited CAA demonstration for spouses of service members assigned to the following military installations:

  • California: Camp Pendleton (Marine Corps); Naval Base San Diego Metro (Navy)
  • Florida: Eglin AFB (Air Force); Hurlburt Field (Air Force); NAS Jacksonville (Navy)
  • Georgia: Fort Benning (Army)
  • North Carolina: Fort Bragg (Army); Pope AFB (Air Force)

Due to the outstanding success of the Career Advancement Accounts (CAA), we are no longer issuing CAAs at these locations:

  • Colorado: Fort Carson (Army); Peterson AFB (Air Force)
  • Hawaii: Hickam AFB (Air Force); Kaneohe Bay (Marine Corps); Pearl Harbor (Navy); Schofield Barracks (Army)
  • Maine: NAS Brunswick (Navy)
  • Washington: McChord AFB (Air Force); Fort Lewis (Army); Naval Base Kitsap (Navy)

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Eligibility:

Spouses of Department of Defense Active Duty members and activated members of the National Guard and Reserve Components qualify for MyCAA assistance.  For spouses of Guard and Reserve members, the period of eligibility is from the date of the Alert or Warning Order for Military Recall or Mobilization, through activation and deployment until a total of 180 days following De-Mobilization.

Any military spouse who is legally separated, by state law or court order, does not qualify.  Also, spouses who are Active Duty or activated Guard or Reserve members themselves are not eligible, as they have their own programs for assistance.  (Unfortunately, under Public Law 110-417 Sec 582, spouses of Coast Guard members are not allowed to receive education benefits from MyCAA.)