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Will The Military Really Pay For Your Education?

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Not only does the U.S. Army and other Armed Services provide service members with a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), a Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), full medical, dental and vision benefits, a Basic Pay salary with promotion, time in service, special job and annual cost of living (COLA) raises, they will also pay for your education. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have combat time or an extensive service agreement. Service members qualify for benefits after only 90 days of active duty. These benefits are also available to National Guard and Reserve members. This is a benefits package that shouldn’t be missed, especially in these times of economic hardship.

What Can The New GI Bill Do For You?

The post 9/11 GI Bill has more to offer than ever before. Benefits can include up to 100% coverage of your tuition and academic fees, a monthly housing stipend through the Yellow Ribbon Program, up to $1000 a year for books and supplies and up to $2000 for a certification or licensing program. You may also receive a one time relocation benefit of $500 to help you reach your new school.

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How Can You Apply For GI Bill Benefits?

To apply for post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, all you have to do is submit VA Form 22-1990. Once you are approved, the VA will pay for your educational costs directly to the facility where you are receiving your training. If you have no personal use for these benefits, they can be transferred to family members.

Education is key to many career paths. After you receive your military training, college may be the next logical step. The U.S. Army and other Armed Forces can make this dream a reality.

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