Veterans Affairs: GI Bill

CATEGORY 1 - CHAPTER 30

  • Entered active duty after 6-30-85.

  • Did not refuse to participate in the program.

  • Period of Service:

    • must serve at least 2 years of continuous active duty if initial obligated period is less than 3 years or if applying as a serviceperson.

    • must serve at least 3 years if initial obligated period is 3 years or more.

    • if required service is not completed, must be discharged for Service-connected disability, hardship, COG, RIF, disability existing prior to service, or condition interfering with duty.

  • Must receive an HONORABLE discharge.

CATEGORY 111A - INVOLUNTARY SEPARATIONS (Public Law 101-510) - CHAPTER 30

Requirements:

  • was on active duty on 9-30-90, or on or after 11-20-93.

  • involuntarily separated by the military after 2-2-91 with HONORABLE discharge.

  • elect Chapter 30 while still on active duty.

  • pay the military $1,200.00.

  • complete high school before applying for benefits.

Includes those who would not otherwise be eligible:

  • those who elected not to participate in Chapter 30.

  • Academy & SROTC graduates.

  • individuals eligible for Chapter 34 but did not meet all eligibility requirement for Chapter 30.

CATEGORY 111 B and C - VOLUNTARY SEPARATIONS (Public Law 102-484) - CHAPTER 30

Allows individuals who are voluntarily separated on or after December 5, 1991, to elect to receive Chapter 30 benefits. (The two programs are:

Special Separation Benefits (SSB) and Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI)

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    • Category 111B - Individuals voluntarily separated on or after October 23, 1992

    • Category 111C - Individuals voluntarily separated between December 5, 1991 and October 22, 1992

Individuals eligible for Chapter 32 may elect Chapter 30 if voluntarily separated under SSB or VSI.

DOD collects $1,200.00 under Category 111B.

VA collects $1,200.00 under Category 111C. (VA can take $1,200.00 from Chapter 32 account and refund rest to veteran).

Other provisions which apply to Category 111A also apply.


SELECTED RESERVES - CHAPTER 1606

  • Must have new 6-year commitment with the Selected Reserve after June 30, 1985.

  • Must have completed initial active duty for training, and have a high school diploma or equivalent before IADT is completed.

SELECTED RESERVE/NATIONAL GUARD (REAP) CHAPTER 1607

  • The Secretaries of each military service, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine the criteria for eligibility.

  • As a member of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, under title 10 U. S. Code for a contingency operation, and who serves at least 90  consecutive days is eligible for Chapter 1607.

  • National Guard members are also eligible if their active duty is under section 502(f), title 32 U. S. C. and they serve for 90 consecutive days when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency and is supported by federal funds.

DEPENDENTS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE - CHAPTER 35

  • Spouses and children of veterans who died, or are permanently and totally 100% disabled as a result of a service-connected disability.

  • Also, spouses and children of veterans who died from any cause while rated permanently and totally 100% disabled from service-connected disability.

POST 9/11 GI BILL - CHAPTER 33 

    • Must have served at least 90 aggregate days on Active Duty after September 10, 2001.

    • May be able to transfer benefits to eligible dependents