Since 1985, the Montgomery GI Bill has helped Soldiers reduce the financial burden of paying for college. Recent changes have enhanced the benefits available, specifically for Soldier who have deployed since September 11th, 2001. The GI Bill is governed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and provides monetary assistance for Servicemembers pursuing higher education. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please contact the Education Office or visit http://www.gibill.va.gov.
The MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606) is the basic benefit for traditional National Guard Soldiers who have completed their initial entry training. It starts with downloading your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) at https://minuteman.ngb.army.mil to confirm your eligibility.
The MGIB-AD (Chapter 30) program is for National Guard Soldiers who are AGR, prior service, or were mobilized for 2 or more consecutive years. The verify eligibility for this program please contact the VA at 1-888-GIBILL1 or the MD National Guard Education Office.
Reserve Education Assistance Program
REAP (Chapter 1607) is available to NG Soldiers who deployed after September 11th, 2001 for at least 90 consecutive days in support of a contingency operation. Eligible Soldiers need to fill out the VA Form 22-1990. You will need to attach your DD 214 to complete the form. More Information
The MGIB-SR Kicker is an extra monthly payment made with the Soldier’s basic benefit. Soldiers must meet eligibility requirements based on their MOS and/or UIC and have signed a valid kicker contract at the time of enlistment/reenlistment.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is available to National Guard Soldiers who have served in a qualifying period of Active Duty for a minimum of 90 days. This benefit includes payments for tuition and fees, a housing allowance and book stipend. For specific information and eligibility verification please contact the MDNG Education Office. More Information
Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill
Soldiers eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can transfer this benefit while still a member of the Armed Forces, as long as they meet certain eligibility criteria. At a minimum, Soldiers must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, have 1 or more eligible dependents in DEERS, have 6 years time in service, and agree to serve an additional 4 years from the date of transfer. More Information
Maryland Army National Guard Education Services Office
Fifth Regiment Armory
Baltimore, MD 21201-2288