The Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit level is based on your aggregate qualifying active
duty service, which is total service, including separate periods.
Payback time for ROTC or Service Academy does not count as qualifying service.
If you have used benefits under one or more VA education programs, you may be entitled
to additional benefits under another program.
For example, an individual who has remaining entitlement under the Montgomery GI Bill
can exhaust that entitlement and may still receive up to an additional 12 months under the
Post-9/11 GI Bill.
You must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual
Ready Reserve, or Inactive National Guard) to participate in
the Buy-Up Program.
Members of a Ready Reserve Component may contribute up to an additional $600 to
the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution,
you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits.
The additional $600 contribution is not payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The documents needed are:
DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty for most recent period
of active duty.
Transcripts for all periods of education after high school.
Kicker Contract (the Department of Defense may be able to provide this information
if you cannot locate a copy of the contract.)
If you are entitled to direct payment of benefits , such as the monthly living allowance, a stipend for books and supplies,
and/or the one-time rural benefit payment, the funds can be deposited directly to
your bank account, giving you the fastest access to your payments. The routing or
transit number and the number of the account will be required during the application