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The Active Duty Montgomery G.I. Bill

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Example. Let's say you have the ADMGIB for a four year enlistment and a College Fund of $10,000. Your total education entitlements are the ADMGIB ($47,556), plus the "kicker" ($10,000), or $57,556 total. Divide that number by 36 and you get $1,598.77 worth of full-time education benefits, per month, for 36 months. This is how much you would receive if you attended school full time, after separation from active duty.

Using the ADMGIB While on Active Duty

Your maximum monthly rate is the basic rate plus any increases payable. See Increases Above Basic Rates. However, while you’re on active duty, you won’t be able to receive these increased rates unless you take expensive courses because you’re limited to payment of tuition and fees.

For example, assume you’re on active duty, and your basic monthly ADMGIB rate for full-time training is $1,321. Assume you have an additional monthly amount of $300 from the College Fund (see Increases Above Basic Rates), so your ADMGIB monthly rate is $1,621.

You’re training full-time for the semester September 10, 2008 through December 8, 2008. These dates add up to 90 days, or three months exactly. The total charges for your courses are $1,500. You would only be paid $500 per month for the three months of the course (a total of $1,500), because that is the cost of the course and fees..

After you’re honorably discharged, you’d be able to receive $1,621 per month for the three months of the course (the basic ADMGIB rate plus the College Fund), regardless of the cost of the course.

Even though, while on active duty, you may receive a lower monthly rate than your basic MGIB rate, you’ll use your MGIB entitlement at the same rate as if you were receiving your full monthly allowance. You’ll be charged one month for each full-time month of training.

Combined VA Education Benefits

You can be eligible for more than one education benefit. If you are, you must elect which benefit to receive. You can’t receive payment for more than one benefit at a time. The benefits are:

  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (MGIB – AD)
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (MGIB – SR)
  • Training and Rehabilitation for Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities, (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 903)
  • Educational Assistance Pilot Program (Section 901), and
  • The Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986.

Maximum Combined Eligibility

If you're eligible under more than one VA education programa, you may receive a maximum of 48 months of benefits.

For example, if you are eligible for 36 months of ADMGIB and 36 months of the Reserve MGIB, you may receive 48 months of benefits, total.

Note: If you are eligible for both the ADMBIG and the new GI Bill of the 21st Century, you cannot combine the benefits. You must choose to use one or the other. If you elect to covert from the MGIB to the new GI Bill, you cannot return back to the MGIB. Additionally, you can only convert unused benefits. In other words, if you have 24 months of MGIB benefits left, and you convert to the new GI Bill, you will have only 24 months of benefits left on the new GI Bill.

Expiration of Benefits

Benefits end 10 years from the date of your last discharge or release from active duty.

The VA can extend your 10-year period by the amount of time you were prevented from training during that period because of a disability or because you were held by a foreign government or power.

The VA can also extend your 10-year period if you reenter active duty for 90 days or more after becoming eligible. The extension ends 10 years from the date of separation from the later period. Periods of active duty of less than 90 days can qualify you for extensions only if you were separated for

  • A service-connected disability
  • A medical condition existing before active duty
  • Hardship, or
  • A reduction in force.
If you’re eligible based on two years of active duty and four years in the Selected Reserve, you have 10 years from your release from active duty, or 10 years from the completion of the four-year Selected Reserve obligation to use your benefits, whichever is later.

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