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Reaping The Rewards Of The Army's Educational Assistance

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The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a new educational benefits program available to members of the Selected Reserves of the Army and other Armed Forces, Individual Ready Reserves (IRR) and National Guard who are called to service in response to war or national emergency. This program provides benefits for college, vocational, and correspondence courses, independent study and distance learning programs, flight training and on-the-job training.

Time In Service Determines Eligibility

Army and other reserve component members who serve under a contingency operation for at least 90 days on or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for REAP.  National Guard members are eligible if their active service:

  • extends for 90 consecutive days or more, AND;
  • is authorized under section 502(f), title 32, U.S. Code, AND;
  • is authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency, AND;
  • is supported by federal funds.

While there is no specific time frame for using REAP benefits, eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves.

How Much Is Available?

The educational benefits under REAP are calculated using a percentage of your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) award, and based upon the number of continuous days served on active duty. Benefit percentages range from 40 to 80% of the MGIB 3 year rate.

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The Application Process

After identifying an authorized training program, you must complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits, and send it to the VA regional office where you will train.  You must indicate that you are applying for REAP.  You can also apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.

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