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Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Information

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Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Information

The GI Bill of Rights has been providing veterans with the financial support needed to pursue their educational goals since 1944. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created this postwar assistance program to help veterans better reintegrate into civilian life after World War II. The GI Bill® has been transformed throughout the years, but continues to offer veterans the financial assistance needed to continue their education.

Montgomery GI Bill Benefits

The MGIB-AD provides up to 36 months of educational assistance. Benefits are paid based on the type of education pursued, the servicemember’s category, college fund eligibility and whether or not the person contributed to the $600 buy-up program.

In the buy-up program, servicemembers have the option to make an additional $600 contribution to receive increased Montgomery GI Bill benefits. The payment must have been made while serving on active duty and can increase the total amount of GI Bill benefits received by up to $5,400.

MGIB-AD payments can be used for a wide-variety of continuing education programs, including:

  • College degree and certificate programs
  • Flight training
  • Licensing and certification tests
  • High-tech training
  • Technical or vocational courses
  • Apprenticeships or on-the-job training
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Correspondence courses
  • Certain entrance exams

MGIB-AD Eligibility and Restrictions

The Montgomery GI Bill is available to those who have served at least two years of active duty. There are four different categories of eligibility for MGIB-AD benefits, including:

  • Category 1: Anyone who went into active duty after June 30, 1985 and didn’t decline the MGIB in writing prior to entering active duty.
  • Category 2: Servicemembers and veterans with remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI Bill.
  • Category 3: Servicemembers and veterans who were involuntarily separated for certain reasons or were separated under the Voluntary Separation Incentive or Special Separation Benefit program.
  • Category 4: Those who formerly participated in the Veterans Educational Assistance Program who chose to convert to MGIB during the open window periods and a small group of National Guard Members who had the option to convert to MGIB.

Participants in all categories must have received a fully honorable discharge and have completed high school or an equivalency program.

Veterans typically have 10 years from their last date of separation from active duty or when they use all their months on entitlement — whichever comes first. The 10-year period can be extended if they were kept from pursuing their education due to a disability or because they were held by a foreign government or power.

How to Apply for the MGIB-AD

Veterans can apply for their Montgomery GI Bill benefits online, visit their local VA regional office, seek assistance from their school’s VA Certifying Official or call 1-888-GI BILL-1 to have the application mailed to them. Qualifying veterans are encouraged to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to gain the skills needed to move on to their next challenge in life.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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