The Army offers excellent benefits and the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Chapter 30, provides active duty members of the Army with up to 36 months of education benefits for college, technical business or vocational school, on-the-job training, correspondence courses refresher courses, and even flight training, in some cases, as well as the money to pay for licenses, tests, or certifications.
Are You Eligible?
Active duty members of the Army are eligible for GI benefits 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.
Once you qualify for GI Bill benefits, your award will be based on your category, length of service and the type of training you are seeking. The current award for a VA approved full time, institutional program is $1321 per month for those with three or more years of service. In some cases, the DOD will “kick” extra money into your MGIB Fund, increasing your overall benefits package.
How Do You Apply For Educational Benefits?
To apply for education benefits through the GI Bill, you must request VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, from your unit. You can also apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp. You will have 10 years from your eligibility date to cash in on these valuable benefits.
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