MGIB-AD Chapter 30


Overview
The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 30 program may be available to you if you were a member of an Active Component, if you are or have been AGR, or if you were a member of the ARNG who was mobilized for 24 or more consecutive months. The MGIB-AD program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Soldiers who are eligible for more than one GI Bill program may be eligible to receive up to 48 months of benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate/licensing programs, flight training, apprenticeship or on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. For current rates visit MGIB-AD Chapter 30 rates.

Soldiers must pay $1,200.00 to receive this benefit. Qualified Soldiers may also elect to participate in the “$600 Plus Up Program,” which enables them to contribute up to an additional $600.00 (over and above the initial $1,200.00) in order to receive additional payments of up to $150.00 per month for full-time attendance (based on contribution).

ARNG Soldiers who are eligible for the MGIB-AD (whether their 10-year delimiting date has expired or not) and who are federally mobilized on Title 10 Active Duty for 90 days or more and received an Honorable discharge will have their 10-year delimiting date re-established so long as they have remaining benefit entitlement. To receive the additional delimiting time, Soldiers must send a copy of their mobilization DD Form 214 to their VA Regional Processing Office (RPO) office.


MGIB-AD Eligibility Criteria
There are several eligibility categories for the MGIB-AD. To determine your eligibility status, consult your State GI Bill Manager, the ARNG GI Bill Support Team at 1-866-628-5999 or visit the VA Web site at MGIB-AD Chapter 30.

You ARE NOT eligible if any one of the statements below is true:
  • You have ever declined the MGIB-AD.
  • You are a Service Academy Graduate.
  • Your Initial Active Duty period under Title 10 began prior to 1 July 1985.
  • Your Initial Active Duty period under Title 32 began prior to 29 Nov 1989.
  • You are an ROTC scholarship recipient who completed ROTC prior to 1 Oct 1996.
  • You are an ROTC scholarship recipient after 30 Sep 1996 who received at least $3,400 of ROTC scholarship benefits in every year of ROTC participation.

You MAY be eligible if all the following are true:
  • You were on Title 10 Active Duty for the first time on or after 1 July 1985.
  • You were on Title 32 Active Duty for the first time on or after 29 Nov 1989.
  • You have never declined the MGIB-AD.
  • You are not a Service Academy graduate.
  • You are an ROTC scholarship recipient after 30 Sep 1996 who received less than $3,400 during any one year of the scholarship period.

Note: Soldiers must serve three consecutive years in an Active Duty (AGR) status or a minimum of 24 months of Active Duty service is required if enlistment is for less than 36 months.
Note: You must obtain a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate before applying for MGIB-AD. Completing 12 hours toward a college degree meets the requirement.

To Enroll - AGR
Contact the GI Bill Support Team at 1-866-628-5999. Complete a DD Form 2366. The GI Bill Support Team representative will distribute copies of the DD Form 2366 as follows:
  • Defense Finance and Accounting Service. This will reduce your military pay by $100.00 per month for 12 months.
  • NGB iPERMS Team (For inclusion in ARNG personnel systems iPERMS).
  • Education Office (For inclusion in your education record).
  • Soldier (For proof of enrollment).

DD Form 2366-1 Increased Benefit Contribution Program (Up to $600).
  • Available for those who already have the MGIB-AD. Soldiers may pay up to $600 in the “Additional Contributions Program” to receive up to $150.00 in additional monthly payments. Benefits are prorated based on the amount of the additional contribution. Soldiers must make contribution(s) while on Active Duty.

To Enroll - Mobilized
Soldiers mobilized for 24 consecutive months who wish to enroll in the MGIB-AD program are to contact the GI Bill Support Team at 1-866-628-5999 for in-processing information. Soldiers who are released from Active Duty prior to completing the 24-month period must have been released due to convenience of government and must have served a minimum of 20 consecutive months in order to be eligible to enroll in the MGIB-AD program.

To Obtain Benefits
  • Complete an online Application for VA Education Benefits VA Form 22-1990. It is also advisable that you take a printed copy of this application and coordinate with the VA representative at the college (or your place of employment if you are in a job training program). If you previously used GI Bill benefits complete VA Form 22-1995.
  • The VA representative will complete an Enrollment Certificate (VA Form 22-1999) and submit it, along with the VA Form 22-1990 to the regional VA office for processing.
  • In order to continue receiving benefits, you must verify your enrollment each month by completing a Student Verification of Enrollment (VA Form 22-8979). You may submit VA Form 22-8979 through the VA Web Automated Verification of Enrollment WAVE Online or by telephone at 1-877-823-2378. When the system tells you that you are certified, the verification is complete and you do not have to return the form.

    Please note: Rates may be lower for those with less than 3 years of Active Duty. Check the VA Web site for current rates. For Soldiers who are currently serving on AD/AGR, MGIB-AD will only pay up to the cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the current full-time rate. You have 10 years from your most recent discharge from Active Duty to use the MGIB-AD benefits.


Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty $600 Buy-Up Program
This additional contribution option allows ARNG Soldiers eligible for the MGIB-AD and currently serving on Active Duty to contribute an additional amount up to $600. AGRs will have their pay reduced via payroll deduction; mobilized Soldiers must submit a certified bank check or money order. Soldiers who contribute the maximum $600 will receive an additional $150.00 per month in MGIB-AD benefits. VEAP participants converting to GI Bill are not eligible to participate. To apply, ARNG Soldiers must contact the ARNG GI Bill Support Team and notify the VA of their participation. The Soldier must provide a copy of their cash collection voucher and DD Form 2366-1 to the school’s VA Certifying Official and the VA Regional Processing Office (RPO). The ARNG GI Bill Support Team will distribute copies of the DD Form 2366-1 as follows:
  • Defense Finance and Accounting Service. This will reduce your pay by $60 per month for 10 months.
  • NGB iPERMS Team (For inclusion in ARNG personnel systems iPERMS).
  • Education Office (For inclusion in your education record).
  • Soldier (For proof of enrollment).

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