The Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty


The Montgomery GI Bill provides education benefits of as much as 36 months of education for veterans whose active duty service falls within one of four categories. These benefits can be used in certificate programs, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and flight training as well as degree programs. Even more, these benefits can, in some cases, be used to pay for refresher courses. This program is also referred to as "Chapter 30."

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  • For those currently serving active duty, two years of active duty may meet the requirements.

  • You may also qualify if you are an eligible veteran:

    ° if you entered active duty the first time after June 30, 1985,

    ° and if you have received a high school diploma or equivalent before the end of your first obligated service
      period (for some, 12 hours of college credit is also required),

    ° and you received an honorable discharge,

    ° and you served either

        · for 3 years continuously,
        · or you first enlisted for a period of 2 years,
        · or you served 2 years active duty and you have a commitment to serve in the Selected Reserve for four years,

    ° and you joined the Selected Reserve in less than one year after leaving active duty.
Your Benefits
In some cases, service members had the opportunity to contribute to the $600 buy-up program in order to qualify for extra monthly benefits. A $600 contribution while serving on active duty may qualify you for as much as $5,400 in additional benefits under the GI bill.

"Kicker" payments of $300 to $950 per month are also paid into the MBIG account by the Department of Defense when individuals are being recruited for critical skills and as much as $300 per month to retain individuals with critical skills.

Ordinarily, you must use your Montgomery GI Bill benefits within ten years. There are, however, situations stipulating a shorter period to use benefits or an extended period.

The amount of your benefit is a set amount and does not depend upon the program in which you are enrolled. The amount is adjusted each year on the basis of the average tuition for an undergraduate program. The benefits can be used for college, graduate school, apprenticeship training, licensing and certification, entrepreneurship training, work-study programs and national testing programs.

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