Aside from the many other benefits available to active duty members of the Army, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Chapter 30, provides up to 36 months of education benefits for college, business, technical, or vocational school, on-the-job training, refresher courses, correspondence courses and even flight training in some cases, as well as the money to pay for tests, licenses or certifications.
Eligibility For Active And Inactive Duty Army
Active duty members of the Army are eligible after only two years of service. If you are separated from service, you may be eligible if you:
- entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985 AND;
- earned a high school diploma or GED before the end of your first service contract AND;
- received an honorable discharge AND;
- continuously served for 3 years, OR
- served 2 years if that was your first enlistment OR if you have a 4 year Reservist obligation.
Application And Award
To apply for education benefits, fill out VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits. You can also apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp. Your benefits will vary, depending upon the type of training you are seeking, your category, length of service and whether or not the DOD put extra money into your MGIB Fund. Typically, you will have 10 years to take advantage of these benefits.
The current benefit rate for those with three or more years of service and enrolled in a full-time institutional program is $1,321 per month.
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