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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 15, 2022 03:14 PM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Military College of Pennsylvania Educational Assistance Program (MCP-EAP)
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation which will provide a pathway for Military College of Pennsylvania Cadets to commission early into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PAARNG) as an U.S. Officer in the Army.  This will also support their bachelor’s degree completion to retain them into the National Guard.
This program is based on current educational assistance programs which have been successful in allowing individuals interested in military service to obtain top-notch education while pursuing a path towards serving our country.  Most importantly, the cost of this program can be absorbed by the Pennsylvania DMVA, so there is no added cost on the taxpayers.
Simply put, this bill would establish a PA Military Academy Assistance Program to recruit, train, educate and retain cadets from the PA Military Academy into Commissioned Officers in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard through the Reserve Officer Early Commissioning process.  Through this program, they will receive educational grants for attendance in the PA Military Academy to first attain an associate’s degree and military commission. 
Further, this program will support attendance at a participating PASSHE university or provide partial funding to complete their undergraduate degree at any college or university within the Commonwealth.  The candidate would incur an eight (8) Year Service Obligation as a Commissioned Officer, which begins upon graduation of the Military Academy
The positive outcomes of this bill are vast, and they include:
  • Increasing the number of qualified Commissioned Officers in the Pennsylvania National Guard,
  • Increasing opportunities for attendance to the Military College of Pennsylvania (Valley Forge Military College),
  • Providing an opportunity for exceptional leaders to attain an early commission while completing their bachelor’s degree; and,
  • Increasing the number of Military College of Pennsylvania graduates who remain and serve in Pennsylvania.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.  If you have any questions, please call David Kozak in my office at 717-787-3110.

Introduced as SB1194