• Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 30

  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 30The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

    Who Is Eligible?

    If you are separated from service, you may be an eligible veteran if you:

    • entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985;
    • received a high school diploma or equivalent (or, in some cases, 12 hours of college credit) before the end of your first obligated period of service;
    • received an honorable discharge;
    • Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you have an obligation to serve four years in the Selected Reserve AND entered Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty.

    Note: Different rules apply if you entered active duty before July 1, 1985, and in certain other cases.

    Are There Any Pitfalls?

    You should be aware that the following pitfalls could cause you to lose all MGIB benefits:

    General Discharge. You must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for education benefits. A “general” or “under honorable condition” makes you ineligible for education benefits.

    Early Discharge. To be eligible with an early discharge, your separation reason must meet certain requirements. This office can assist with early out letters. Contact your education officer for specific instructions and requirements.

    How Much Does VA Pay?

    The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, and if DoD put extra money in your MGIB Fund (called "kickers"). Typically, you have ten years to use your MGIB benefits.