Originally Posted by loosekanen
This might be an odd question to some but it's coming up around my workplace. I'm in the US military and a retiring buddy of mine is using his post 9/11 GI bill to go to school in Thailand. The US gvmt is paying for all his expenses/fees/visa fees and such plus giving him ~1300usd/month in living expenses. Now he is thai originally and his family is still in BKK so I've got no worries about him.
However. I've had a couple of my younger soldiers asking me how feasible this plan is for them... mainly living on that little money in a country with so many temptations... and I haven't even begun to research the quality of their education system. It kinda screams bad idea to me for an impressionable first-termer that got out to go to school. But before I tell them anything I'd prefer to consult a few Thailand experts. Am I way off here?
Hi I'm a former US Military. I separated awhile ago though without any GI bill benes (They already payed for my degrees on the front end).
I can't speak to using the GI benes here, other than being positive it is possible.
As for mindset....Those who want to try it should be fairly strong minded. Yeah, sure, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines should already be that but most have low emoitional IQs which is the biggest downfall here for younger guys.
Back when I was in the Navy, my ship pulled into Pattaya. After 6 days, I had one of my sailors pull me into my stateroom beggging me to help him divorce his newlywed American bride in San Diego because he was soooooooo in luv with this bargirl he had just met 3 days ago. I locked my stateroom door and refused to let him leave for 2.5 hours until I figuratively beat the ******ed notion out of his mind. He thanked me months later when reunited with his bride back in the states. He wasn't an idiot either. He was very smart goodworking in a technical rating. BUT, he had never, as most haven't, been exposed to such high intensity Thai Girl treatment before and, for a short time, lost his friken mind.
So, I would say you can reccomend it to your guys, but with a "buyer beware" stipulation that if they have weak wills when it comes to women, the temptation/lifestyle maybe to much.
As for the living stipend, $1300/mo is plenty to live here very comfortably assuming they do some research and are decent budgeters.