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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 399-00
July 12, 2000

NAVY REINFORCES COMMITMENT TO COLLEGE EDUCATION

The Navy announced today the expansion of its College Assistance/Student Headstart Program, or CASH. The CASH program will allow qualified applicants to attend a college or university for up to a full year after being sworn in the Navy, while receiving full Navy pay and allowances. Selectees also will receive a military identification card and medical/dental benefits for themselves and any eligible family members. This program enables personnel to continue working toward a degree at any accredited college or university while awaiting basic training.

"This is a great 'earn-while-you-learn' program," said Navy Rear Adm. Barbara E. McGann, commander, Navy Recruiting Command. "It demonstrates how much the Navy supports college education for its new sailors."

Enrollment in the CASH program requires the applicant to maintain full-time student status, and completion (with a grade of C or better) of one college-level algebra course prior to reporting to Recruit Training Command.

In addition to the CASH program, a new bonus was also announced, available to those with college experience. Based on the number of college credits completed, applicants can qualify for up to $20,000 in enlistment bonuses.

For more information on these and other Navy opportunities, call 1-800-USANAVY, or visit www.NavyJobs.com .

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