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Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 1606, 1607, 33 (Post 9/11)
 

Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606

The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606 is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the reserve branch of the Armed Forces. It provides educational assistance in the form of monthly payments for qualified soldiers enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs approved college level education and training.

You may be eligible for Chapter 1606 benefits if you:

  • Have a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve
  • Meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before you complete Initial Active Duty Training (IADT)
  • Complete IADT
  • Serve in a drilling Selected Reserve unit and remain in good standing

If the Guard member is an officer and was not given a Date of Eligibility while he or she was in an enlisted status, the officer must complete an Officers Service Agreement, DA Form 5447-R. The service commitment will add 6 additional years to any other service commitment.

Any time spent in the Inactive National Guard (ING) will result in a suspension of eligibility and monetary payments. To become eligible for payments again, the soldier will have to extend his or her enlistment for the amount of time spent in the ING. However, if a soldier has a break in service longer than one (1) year the soldier's Montgomery GI Bill Benefits (MGIB) will be permanently terminated.

There is only one specific eligibility date per soldier. It is the exact date the soldier meets all the established criteria. The Date of Eligibility is dependent on the last item of the criteria being completed. The date of signature, date of drill assembly, or the date of school attendance have NO bearing on the eligibility date.

How Many Months of Benefits Can You Get?

You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of full-time educational benefits under MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606.

You may receive a maximum of 48 months of benefits under more than one Veteran's Administration (VA) education program. For example, if you used 36 months of benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Chapter 30 educational assistance program and are eligible for Chapter 1606, you would have a maximum of 12 months of entitlement remaining.

How Much Educational Assistance Will You Get?

Visit www.gibill.va.gov for current rates.

Steps to Success

  1. When a new soldier (who qualifies for MGIB) successfully completes Advanced Individual Training (AIT), the DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE - pronounced "no-bee"), is automatically issued from this headquarters. Soldiers that do an extension or an immediate reenlistment for the GI Bill are eligible from the date they sign the contract. Each of these processes take about 60 days before the NOBE is issued. Examples of information which could require updating and will delay this process are: completion of high school or equivalent, completion of IADT, and reenlistment or extension of service commitment.

  2. It is the soldier's responsibility to inform the VA representative at the college being attended that he/she is enrolled for classes. At the start of each semester, the soldier must report to the VA representative. If the soldier transfers to another college, he/she must inform the VA representative of both the gaining and losing colleges of the change of his/her status.

Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program

Basic eligibility for the MGIB Kicker is the same for all members or applicants for membership in the ARNG. They must be eligible to receive educational assistance under the MGIB-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) or MGIB-Active Duty (MGIB-AD) basic benefit. This criterion includes; completion of Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT) or its equivalency, and possessing the educational requirements of a high school diploma or its equivalency. All soldiers and applicants must enlist/reenlist or extend in the ARNG to have a contractual period of 6 years at the time of contracting for the MGIB Kicker.

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Chapter 30

The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Chapter 30 is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the Armed Forces. The program is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It provides educational assistance in the form of monthly payments for qualified soldiers enrolled in VA approved college level education and training.

How many month of benefits can you get?

You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits under this program after completing the full period of your enlistment. This applies if you were discharged for the convenience of the government after completing: 20 months of an enlistment of less than three years; or 30 months of an enlistment of three years or more.

However, you will earn only one month of entitlement for each month of active duty after June 30, 1985, if you were discharged for other specific reasons before completing your enlistment period (for example, a discharge based on a service-connected disability, a medical condition pre-existing service, hardship, or a reduction in force).

You may also earn one month of entitlement for each four months in the Selected Reserve after June 30, 1985.

You may receive a maximum of 48 months of benefits under more than one VA education program. For example, if you used 30 months of Dependents' Educational Assistance (chapter 35 of title 38, U.S. Code) and are eligible under chapter 30, you could have a maximum of 18 months of entitlement remaining. If you used 27 months under chapter 34, before December 31, 1989, and are eligible for chapter 30, you could have a maximum of 21 months of entitlement remaining.

How much educational assistance will you get?

Visit www.gibill.va.gov for current rates.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for Chapter 30 benefits as a veteran or service member if your active duty service falls under one of the following categories.

Category 1 - You entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, and served continuously for three years.

However, only two years of active duty are required if:

  • You are now on active duty
  • You first enlisted for two years of active duty; or
  • You have an obligation to serve four years in the Selected Reserve (the 2 by 4 program). You must enter the Selected Reserve within one year of your release from active duty.

In Category 1, you must have had your military pay reduced by $100 a month for the first 12 months of active duty. If you elect not to participate in this program, you may not change this decision at a later date unless you qualify under Category 3 below.

You may also be eligible if:

  • You were on active duty between December 1, 1988, and June 30, 1989;
  • You withdrew your election not to participate;
  • You had your military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months;
  • You completed the period of active duty you were obligated to serve on December 1, 1988. If you did not complete the period, your discharge must be for one of the reasons listed in the paragraph regarding Discharges and Separations.

You must obtain a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate before your first period of active duty ends. Completing 12 hours toward a college degree meets the requirement.

Special Extension: If you were on active duty on August 2,1990, and were discharged without obtaining a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate, you may qualify if you received either document before October 28, 1994. Under this extension, you may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet the requirement.

Category 2 - You had remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era Veteran's Educational Assistance program (Chapter 34 of title 38, U.S. Code) on December 31, 1989, and you served on active duty for any number of days during the period October 19, 1984, to June 30, 1985, and you continued on active duty without a break from July 1, 1985 through:

  • June 30, 1988; or
  • June 30, 1987, and you served four years in the Selected Reserve after release from active duty. You must have entered the Selected Reserve within one year of your release from active duty.

You must have obtained a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate before December 31, 1989. Completing 12 hours toward a college degree meets the requirement.

Category 3 - You may be eligible under Category 3 if you elected to participate in Chapter 30 before being involuntarily separated. You may qualify:

  • If you were on active duty on September 30, 1990, and were involuntarily separated after February 2, 1991; or
  • If you were involuntarily separated on or after November 30, 1993.

You may also be eligible under Category 3 if you elected to participate in Chapter 30 before being involuntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program.

If you were eligible for the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, or chapter 32 of title 38, U.S. Code) you must elect to receive benefits under chapter 30 and apply for a refund of your contributions to VEAP.

Under Category 3, you must have had your military pay reduced by $1,200 before your discharge.

You must have obtained a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate before you apply for benefits. Completing 12 hours toward a college degree meets the requirement.

NOTE: If you qualify under Category 3 based on a voluntary or an involuntary separation, you will not be eligible for Chapter 30 while on active duty. Your eligibility will begin the day following your discharge.

Category 4 - You may be eligible under Category 4 if you were on active duty on October 9, 1996, and you were a Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) participant with money in the VEAP fund. To establish eligibility, you must have elected Chapter 30 and paid $1,200 by October 9, 1997. You may also be eligible under Category 4 if you served on full-time active duty in the National Guard between June 30, 1985, and November 29, 1989. You must have elected to have your National Guard service count toward establishing eligibility for that benefit, by July 9, 1997.

DISCHARGES AND SEPARATIONS

Your discharge must be "honorable." Discharges "under honorable conditions" and "general" discharges do NOT establish eligibility for Chapter 30.

A discharge or release for one of the following reasons could result in a reduction of the required length of active duty:

  • Convenience of the government
  • Disability
  • Hardship
  • A medical condition existing before service<
  • A medical condition that is not a disability or due to your misconduct but that interfered with your performance of duty
  • Certain reductions in force

OTHER ISSUES

You are not eligible under Categories 1 and 2 if you graduated from a service academy and received a commission after December 31, 1976.

You are not eligible under Categories 1 and 2 if you received a commission after completing an Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship program after December 31, 1976. This scholarship pays a stipend and all educational expenses, i.e. tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

If you are a graduate of an ROTC program, you may still be eligible for Chapter 30 under one of the following conditions:

  • If you received a commission after becoming eligible for Chapter 30
  • If you completed ROTC without a full scholarship
  • If you received a commission after September 30, 1996. You must have received less than $2,000 for your ROTC program

The following types of active duty do NOT establish eligibility:

  • Time assigned by the military to a civilian institution to take the same course provided to civilians
  • Time served as a cadet or midshipman at a service academy
  • Time spent on active duty for training in the National Guard or Reserves by the military to a civilian institution and time served at a military or service academy does not break continuity of active duty required to establish eligibility. Also, active duty for training does count toward the four years in the Selected Reserve under the 2 by 4 program

Steps to Success

  1. During Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) in-processing (for Title 32 or Title 10), in the Human Resources Office - AGR Branch in Springfield, soldiers are given one opportunity to enroll in the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, Chapter 30 educational assistance program.
  2. Soldiers can elect to enroll or decline enrollment on the DD Form 2366.
  3. If a soldier declines to enroll in the program he or she can not elect to participate in the program in the future. A copy of the DD Form 2366 is filed in the soldier's Military Personnel Records Jacket (MPRJ).
  4. If a soldier elects to enroll in the program, $1,200 will be deducted from the soldier's pay for the first 12 months on Active Duty, in increments of $100 per month.
  5. Once the entire $1,200 has been collected and the soldier has completed a minimum of two (2) years of Active Duty service, the soldier can utilize the program.

Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill

For more information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill visit https://education.ng.mil or www.gibill.va.gov.



Need more information?

Other helpful Veterans Affairs web sites include:

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Service

Veterans Affairs Education Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (442-4551)

Veterans Affairs Regional Office - St Louis: 1-800-827-1000