You don’t have to be a career Army soldier to qualify for educational benefits with the military. The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) – Chapter 1607, is a new military benefit program that offers as much as 36 months of college tuition, correspondence classes or even flight school to Reservists. Members of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), National Guard and Selected Reserves qualify for these educational benefits after being called to active service after September 11, 2001 in response to a national emergency or war and who have served at least 90 consecutive days.
Do The Math!
REAP benefits are determined as a percentage of your Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB) three year rate, as follows:
- Serve between 90 days but less than one year and earn 40%;
- Serve more than one year but less than two and earn 60%;
- Serve two or more continuous years and earn 80%.
If a member is released before the initial 90 day requirement has been fulfilled due to illness, injury, or disease will receive the 40% rate for their REAP benefits.
Go To School For Free!
You can use your REAP benefits for college or university tuition, vocational programs, correspondence and distance learning courses, entrepreneurship courses, on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs and even flight training. This means you can build your resume, learn new skills or gain the upper hand as you work your way up the corporate ladder and the military will pay for it. You joined the Army or other Armed Services to serve your country. Now let your country serve you!
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