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Guard Benefits

The Montgomery G.I. Bill:

How Do I Qualify?

  • Sign a six-year service contract or Officer Service Agreement in the Reserve Component on or after 1 July 1985
  • Complete a High school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete IADT or Officer Branch Qualification
  • Continue serving in an active drilling status
  • Not be AGR or on Active Duty
  • Not be flagged for AWOL
  • Not be using a Dedicated Army National Guard ROTC Scholarship

What Do I Get?

  • $367 per month for full-time enrollment (1 October 2015)
  • Payment made directly to you each month
  • In most cases benefit eligibility begins once you complete IADT

How Do I Apply?

  • Contact your State Education Office and ask for your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
  • Go to http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/ and submit the Veterans Online Application
  • Notify the VA Certifying Official at your school so they can certify your enrollment
  • Continue to verify your enrollment each month online at: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave

MGIB-SR Kicker Program:

How Do I Qualify?

  • Be eligible for either Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 GI Bill
  • Agree to serve in a current critical skill/critical unit verified by AUVS or enter an officer commissioning program (ROTC, Officer and Warrant Officer)
  • Enlisted must sign a six year reserve service contract on or after 1 July 1985
  • Officers must sign an Officer Service Agreement (OSA) (DA form 5447-R) within 90 days of commissioning
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete IADT or Officer Branch Qualification
  • Sign a valid Kicker contract
  • Not be on Military Technician or AGR/Active Duty Status
  • Not be flagged for AWOLs
  • Not be using a Dedicated Army National Guard ROTC Scholarship

What Do I Get?

  • $200 or $350 per month depending on contracted rate
  • Works as supplemental to GI Bill payment
  • Payment made directly to you each month
  • Can use with any GI Bill but must be eligible for either Ch 1606 or Ch 30 to retain eligibility

How Do I Apply?

  • Contact your State Education Office to validate eligibility.
  • Go to http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/ and submit the Veterans Online Application, be sure to include a copy of your Kicker contract.
  • Notify the VA Certifying Official at your school so they can certify your enrollment
  • Continue to verify your enrollment each month online at: https://www.gibill.va.gov/waveFor More Information:

Federal Tuition Assistance:
Federal Tuition Assistance will be paid directly to the school and will cover a maximum of $250 per semester hour, plus fees, up to a total of $4,000 and no more than 16 credit hours per fiscal year.  Federal Tuition Assistance may not be taken in conjunction with Montgomery GI Bill.

Requirements:

  • Eligibility after graduation from AIT 1 year from AIT graduation date.
  • Students need to complete courses in which Tuition Assistance is provided, before their Expiration Term of Service date.
  • Commissioned officers must agree to remain in the Guard for at least 4 years following completion of the course in which Tuition Assistance is provided.
  • The college or university attended must be a nationally or regionally accredited institution.
  • Tuition Assistance funds will not be disbursed without verification of enrollment.
  • The institution must provide the soldier with documentation clearly describing the cost of each course.
  • Student must remain a satisfactory participant in the Army National Guard.

50% South Dakota State Tuition Assistance:
The state of South Dakota offers it’s Guard members a 50% Tuition Waiver at state-supported universities and technical schools. This feature can be used in addition to the other financial incentives offered to qualified Guard members.

Enlistment / Extension Bonuses:
There are many opportunities to earn money in the Army National Guard. In addition to receiving a monthly paycheck, bonuses are available for those enlisting into critical-skilled positions, completing initial training during a certain period, having previously served in the military, or possessing certain job skills. Ask your local recruiter for details.

For More Information:

  • Contact your State Education Office  or Contact the Guard Support Center at: Toll Free: (866) 628-5999 / arng.gsc@mail.mil / nationalguard.com/education