BYU no longer participates in the military tuition assistance program, a resource that is vital for students with a military background since it pays most of the cost of tuition. The school has cited that a new memorandum would restrict BYU’s operational freedom if they accept it. But by deciding to no longer accept military tuition assistance they have broken away from a program that other in-state schools still participate in. For example, Southern Utah University, the University of Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley University, Weber State and Westminster participate in this program. This decision has also brought negative attention to a university with a proud tradition of military service. I encourage university leaders to change their stance, as it sends the wrong message about BYU’s commitment to its autonomy over the interests of military personnel.