Members of the Selected Reserves, including the Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Coast Guard Reserves can easily qualify for GI Bill education benefits. The Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 1606, provides up to 36 months of benefits to members of the Selected Reserves. You do not need to serve on active duty in the Army or other Armed Forces to qualify.
How Can I Qualify?
As a National Guard member or Selected Reservist, you can receive education benefits if you:
- signed a 6-year obligation with the Selected Reserve after June 30, 1985, AND
- completed your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT), AND
- earned your High School Diploma or GED before you completed your IADT, AND
- are in good standing in a drilling Selected Reserve unit.
If you stay in the Selected Reserves, you can collect benefits for up to 10 years if you became eligible before October 1, 1992, and for 14 years if you became eligible after that date. Service related disabilities can result in extensions. There are additional requirements for officers or if you entered active duty in the Army or other Armed Forces from the Selected Reserve after November 29, 1989.
How Do I Apply?
Apply by requesting a Notice of Basic Eligibility (DD Form 2384 or 2384-1) from your unit. After choosing an approved training program, submit VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, to the VA regional office where you will train. You can also apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.
Benefits are paid according to the type of training you receive. Currently, the full time college benefit is $309 per month.
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