The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) is a career development and employment assistance program sponsored by the Department of Defense. MyCAA helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications and associate degrees (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for gainful employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields and occupations.
Training and Education Financial Assistance
MyCAA provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their portable career goals. Annual cap waivers are available if there is an upfront tuition cost that exceeds $2,000 (up to the maximum education benefit of $4,000).
Employment Readiness Counseling
Counseling services are provided to all military spouses married to active duty service members of all ranks, regardless of their eligibility to receive MyCAA financial assistance and their desire to pursue higher levels of education. Counseling services help military spouses identify additional sources of federal, state and local financial assistance; expanded career choices and opportunities; and support resources (e.g. child care, transportation, books, computers, equipment, supplies, etc.).
Employment Assistance and Career Services
Referrals are made to networks of military friendly employers for MyCAA spouse participants who have completed their programs of study using MyCAA funding and who are ready to seek gainful employment.
Who is eligible for MyCAA financial assistance?
Eligible parties include spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserve Components in these same pay grades.
How can I get additional information or assistance?
Call 1.800.342.9647 to speak with a MyCAA career and education consultant or, if you already have an established MyCAA account, use your message box as the fastest way to receive information and assistance. Counselors at Military OneSource Spouse Career Center are available Monday- Friday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (EST) and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (EST).
Having trouble using the MyCAA Spouse Portal? Contact the MyCAA HELP DESK for technical assistance by sending an email to MYCAAHELP@militaryonesource.com.