MGIB-SR Kicker

Army National Guard Kicker - $200 or $350/month full-time study

Soldiers may be eligible to receive additional GI Bill benefits through the Army National Guard MGIB-SR Kicker program. The Kicker program is not an entitlement and Soldiers must meet the eligibility requirements and sign a valid Kicker contract in order to qualify. Payments are pro-rated for part-time study.

Eligibility Criteria
  • In order to receive the Kicker, Soldiers must be eligible to receive a basic GI Bill benefit (Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607, or Chapter 30).
  • Soldiers are not eligible to receive Kicker benefits until completion of Initial Active Duty Training (IADT). Soldiers may not receive the Kicker while they are on Active Duty.
  • OCS option Soldiers must complete Officer Basic Course (OBC) in lieu of Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
  • In addition to the basic criteria, applicants/Soldiers must also meet the specific criteria for their Army National Guard Kicker category as specified below.

Non-Prior Service Applicants - $200/month
  • Enlist in an active status of not less than 6 years in the Army National Guard.
  • Enlist into a valid, vacant position designated as a critical skill.
  • Score 50 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

Prior Service Applicants - $200/month
  • Enlist in an active status of not less than 6 years in the Army National Guard.
  • Must be E-5 or below and enlist for 6 years DMOSQ in a critical skill.

Current Army National Guard Soldiers - $200/month
  • Reenlists/extends DMOSQ as the primary position holder in the grade of E-5 or below.
  • Reenlists/extends for a minimum six years of service.
  • Must reenlist/extend between 365 and 1 day from ETS.

Officer / Warrant Candidates and Simultaneous Members (SMP) - $350/month
A Soldier entering an Officer/Warrant Officer producing program is eligible for the $350 Army National Guard Kicker provided they qualify for Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 and meet the following requirements:
  • Current Kicker Recipients (Bump-Up)
    An Enlisted Soldier with a $100 or $200 Kicker entering a commissioning program may receive a supplement to $350. Note: No additional six-year military obligation is required.
  • Officer Candidate School (OCS)
    An Enlisted Soldier with a six-year military obligation, and without a previous Kicker contract, who is in the OCS (09S) Program, is eligible to complete a Kicker addendum upon completion of Phase 1 of OCS but before the date of commission.
  • Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
    An Enlisted Soldier without a previous Kicker contract, who is enrolled in the Warrant Officer Candidates Program, is eligible to complete a Kicker addendum after being placed on orders as a WOC but before the date of commissioning. The Soldier may have to extend in order to have a concurrent 6-year service obligation from the date of the Kicker contract.
  • Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
    A Soldier enrolled in ROTC (09R) without a previous Kicker contract is eligible to complete a Kicker addendum with a six-year military obligation upon contracting in the ROTC Advance Course but before the date of commissioning.
  • Direct Commission (DC)
    A Direct Commission Officer, O-1 to O-3, without a previous Kicker contract is eligible to complete a Kicker addendum with a six-year military obligation within 90 days after being commissioned.
  • Standard Officer Kicker (SOK)
    A commissioned Officer without a previous Kicker contract is eligible to complete a Kicker addendum concurrently with a six-year OSA within 90 days after being commissioned, regardless of the commissioning source.
  • Officer Without Degree (OWD)
    A first or second lieutenant who has not obtained a bachelor's degree or higher and does not have a previous Kicker contract may contract for the $200 Kicker provided they complete a Kicker addendum within 90 days of being commissioned but prior to receiving a bachelor's degree.

Duplication Of Benefits
State GI Bill Managers are, in essence, fiscal agents of the US government and responsible to ensure applicants are not receiving duplication of federal funds, in contradiction of US Code Title 10 and per NGB guidance.

Soldiers may use the MGIB-SR Kicker in addition to other funding sources (i.e. Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA), GI Bill programs, Loan programs, State-funded programs, etc.) to fund their education expenses based on the following:
  • Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), and Chaplain Loan Repayment Program (CLRP) are education incentives, which have no relevance on receiving funds from the ARNG Kicker or other GI Bill programs. Service members are eligible to receive this incentive, providing they meet the criteria in the current fiscal year Selected Reserve Incentive Program Policy Guidance.
  • Federal Military Technicians are not eligible to receive ARNG Kicker benefits.
  • Active Guard Reserve (AGR) service members are not eligible to receive ARNG Kicker benefits.
  • Mobilized ARNG service members are not eligible to receive ARNG Kicker benefits.
  • Traditional ARNG service members (non-AGR) may combine programs if they qualify.

The following combinations are acceptable to use with MGIB-SR Kicker:
  • The GRFD ROTC Scholarship and MGIB-SR Kicker and either the MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606) or the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607) or the MGIB-AD (Chapter 30) or Post-9/11 Gl Bill (Chapter 33).
  • Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and MGIB-SR Kicker and either the MGIB-SR or REAP, provided the Soldier is attending school half-time or more.
  • The FTA and MGIB-AD along with the MGIB-SR.
  • The MGIB-AD and MGIB-SR Kicker.
  • The FTA and either the MGIB-SR or the REAP, provided the Soldier is attending school half-time or more.
  • The Post-9/11 MGIB and MGIB-SR Kicker along with FTA.

Application Procedures
a. The soldier should call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 in order to verify their MGIB-SR or MGIB-AD eligibility and remaining entitlements under either chapter.
b. The soldier must complete an ARNG MGIB Kicker Contract NGB Form 5435 which is available from your unit, Recruiting and Retention NCO or State MGIB Manager / ESO.
c. The soldier should complete an Oath of Extension of Enlistment or Reenlistment DA Form 4836 signed and dated with the same date as the Kicker Contract (New ETS date must be at least 6 years from the contract signed). Note: Authority and Reason for this Extension must read: NGR (AR) 600-200, Para 7-7, Table 7-1, Rule F(5).
d. The soldier must submit his/her extension thru the normal channels to G1-DPCS-PSB.
e. A copy of the soldier’s Kicker Contract and Extension must be sent to the Education Services Office for the assignment of a Kicker Control Number.
f. The soldier should submit a copy of the Kicker contract with Kicker Control Number, VA Form 22-1990 and NOBE (DD Form 2384-1) to your VA Regional Processing Office (RPO) located at:

Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

g. The Soldier will verify the enrollment status at the institution or place of training each month using the VA web site at www.gibill.va.gov/wave or automated telephone system at 1-877 VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) in order to continue receiving benefits.

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