This program provides educational assistance to members of National Guard and reserve components — Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) - who are called or ordered to active duty service in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress. Visit www.gibill.va.gov/ for more information.
Eligibility is determined by DOD or the Department of Homeland Security. Generally, a Servicemember who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, for at least 90 consecutive days or accumulates a total of three or more of years of service is eligible.
Reserve or National Guard members whose eligibility is based upon continuous service receive a payment rate based upon their number of continuous days on active duty. Members who qualify after the accumulation of three or more years aggregate active duty service receive the full payment allowable.
Participants may pursue training at a college or university, or take technical training at any approved facility. Training includes undergraduate, graduate, or post—graduate courses; state license and certification courses; courses for a certificate or diploma from business, technical or vocational schools; cooperative training; apprenticeship or on—the-job training; correspondence courses; independent study programs; flight training; entrepreneurship training; remedial, deficiency, or refresher courses needed to complete a program of study; or preparatory courses for tests required or used for admission to an institution of higher learning or graduate school. Accelerated payments for certain high—cost programs are authorized.
Prior to Jan. 28, 2008, members of the Selected Reserve called to active duty were eligible as long as they continued to serve in the Selected Reserve. They lost eligibility if they went into the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR). Members of the IRR called to active duty were eligible as long as they stayed in the IRR or Selected Reserve.
Effective Jan. 28, 2008, members who are called up from the Selected Reserve, complete their REAP—qualifying period of active duty service, and then return to the Selected Reserve for the remainder of their service contract, have 10 years to use their benefits after separation.
In addition, members who are called up from the IRR or Inactive National Guard (ING), complete their REAP—qualifying period of active duty service, and then enter the Selected Reserve to complete their service contract, have 10 years to use their benefits after separation. Work-Study Program: Reserve Education Assistance Program students in the work-study program may also assist with an activity relating to the administration of this education benefit at DOD, Coast Guard, or National Guard facilities.
Educational and Vocational Counseling: Refer to Chapter 10, "Transition Assistance", for detailed information on available services.