In an effort to reaffirm his commitment to military veterans, Coach Tommy Tuberville recently announced an end to the school’s blanket military hold policy. The policy, created in 2012, meant non-active military personnel were barred from enrolling in the school.
The new policy, which goes into effect immediately, allows veterans of all branches of the military to apply for admission to the school. It also removes the “60-credit limit” rule that prevented veterans with over 60 credits from enrolling. Coach Tuberville explained the restrictions were “in place to ensure a level of academic success for military personnel” but needed to be updated in order to better reflect the times.
This change comes at a time when military veterans are finally gaining more support. Several states now offer more educational opportunities tailored to veterans, while nationwide initiatives such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill continue to remove financial obstacles facing students of all types.
By eliminating the blanket military hold policy, Coach Tuberville recognizes the struggles of service personnel and their families, and is taking an important step towards upholding his pledge of honoring veterans. The move also ensures the school is better prepared for the growing number of students with military backgrounds who choose to attend the school each year.
“Military personnel have sacrificed more than most and this change recognizes the tremendous importance of their service,” Coach Tuberville spoke to a crowd outside of the University’s administration building. “Eliminating our blanket military hold is just a small gesture of the respect and gratitude we at this university have for our brave servicemen and women.