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Yellow Ribbon Program Eligibility


Eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to help service members pursue advanced learning after a career in the military, but there are other factors that go into eligibility beyond military service alone. Eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program is only open to those entitled to the maximum benefit rate based on service requirements. This means that eligibility requires that you meet all of the following:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty sometime after September 10th, 2001, which was at least 36 months in length.
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-related disability, having served at least thirty continuous days after September 10th, 2001.
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the post-9/11 GI Bill, based upon a veteran's service under above listed eligibility criteria.

Regarding whether or not you're eligible for full benefits, refer to the list below.

Eligibility Regarding Full and Partial Benefits

  • 36 Months or Longer - Includes Entry Level and Skill Training - 100 Percent of Benefits
  • 30 Continuous Days of Active Duty, Discharged for Service Related Disability - Includes Entry Level and Skill Training - 100 Percent of Benefits
  • Between 30 and 36 Months - Includes Entry Level and Skill Training - 90 Percent of Benefits
  • Between 24 and 30 Months - Includes Entry Level and Skill Training - 80 Percent of Benefits
  • Between 18 and 24 Months - 70 Percent of Benefits
  • Between 12 and 18 Months - 60 Percent of Benefits
  • Between 6 and 12 Months - 50 Percent of Benefits
  • Between 90 Days and 6 Months - 40 Percent of Benefits

Note that "Between 30 and 36 Months" would mean 30 months or longer, and less than 36 months.

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