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Montgomery GI Bill Eligibility


The Montgomery GI Bill is a portion of the GI Bill that is meant to provide educational benefits for individuals who are in the military. Program benefits depend on the individual's eligibility. In order to receive educational benefits from the Montgomery GI Bill you have to meet at least three eligibility requirements. You have to have been honorably discharged from the military and you need either a high school diploma or a GED. In addition, you have to fall into one of four possible categories.

The first category requires that you entered the military after 1985 and did not receive any educational benefits from the GI Bill. Category two requires that you entered the military before 1977 and qualified for benefits from the Vietnam Era GI Bill. The third category requires that you fall under the Voluntary Separation or even the military's Special Separation program. The last and fourth category requires that you participated in a veteran's educational program or you were in the National Guard and previously signed up for the GI Bill during a period of time in which you were eligible.

Additional eligibility requirements and qualifications may apply to you based on the benefits that you are seeking and your individual situation. The length of your service and educational degree that you seek are things that can determine the kinds of benefits that you are eligible to receive. In general, you have up to 10 years to use your benefits. This may not apply to all individuals and you will be made aware if you are an exception.

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