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Eligibility Criteria: (Must satisfy all below)
  • Obligate to serve at least six-years in any Reserve Component on or after 1 July 1985 (Enlist or Extend).
  • Officers obligate on DA Form 5447, Officer Service Agreement.
  • Complete required initial entry level training (basic and AIT).
  • Meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Maintain an active drilling status (satisfactory participant).
RC GI Bill Eligibility Limits:
  • Eligibility begins at the time when a soldier meets all the eligibility criteria.
  • Soldiers have fourteen years to use or lose their GI Bill benefits from their date of basic eligibility or until they leave an active drilling status, whichever comes first.
  • Soldiers are entitled to a maximum of 36 months (four years of college) of GI Bill benefits as a full-time student or they receive a pro-rated amount for less-than-full-time study.
GI Bill Uses:
All training programs or programs of study must be approved for veteran’s benefits before a soldier can use their GI Bill benefits.  Ask someone at your place of training if the program you are interested in is approved for GI Bill benefits.  The following is a list of different types of training soldiers may take and use their GI Bill benefits:
  • On-the-job training programs
  • Apprenticeship training
  • Schooling (College or University)
  • Flight training
  • Correspondence courses
  • Cooperative training
RC GI Bill Application Process:  1606 GI Bill Walk Through for Soldiers - Copy.pdf1606 GI Bill Walk Through for Soldiers - Copy.pdf
Contact the GI Bill Certifying Official at your school or place of training and submit the following forms:
  • DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) (Obtain from unit or Montgomery GI Bill)
  • VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits  Download from GI Bill web site
  • NGB Form 5435-R, Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Contract (If applicable) or NGB Form 5435-1-R, Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Supplemental Contract (WOCS, ROTC or OCS participants) (Obtain from unit or personal files retained at the time of enlistment)
  • DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214 from AIT)  (Obtain from unit or personal files)
How to Obtain a Notice of Basic Eligibility:
  • First, look in iMARC and under the Reserve GI Bill tab, look to see if there is a date where it says NOBE Print/Email Date, also if there is a date where it says NOBE Distributed Date. If there are dates there that means the NOBE has been printed and put in the iPERMS Soldier file.
  • Second, look in the Soldier’s iPERMS file under the service section. The title should read something with Notice of Basic Eligibility.
  • Third, if you have looked in both places and there is no NOBE, email the education office with the Soldier’s name and at least the last four of the SSN and they will get a NOBE to you as soon possible.
  • Things to remember: Soldier does NOT get a NOBE with out having a HS diploma or equivalent, 6 year obligation, and AIT qualified (DD 214). These documents must be permed or sent to me before a NOBE can be distributed.
  • POC for this is Education Office, GI Bill Manager, 515-252-4468.
RC GI Bill Payment Process: 
*** Verifying your enrollment status each month is required before VA will make a payment to your direct deposit account.
Soldiers must remember to do this at the end of each month.  Call the toll-free number, 1-877-823-2378 or log on to VA’s WAVE program at  24 hours a day, 7 days a week and verify your enrollment online.
RC GI Bill Termination or Suspension of Benefits:
Once GI Bill entitlement is terminated, benefits are lost forever.  In some cases, GI Bill benefits are suspended.  In these cases, soldiers have up to one year to return to an active drilling M-day status or have their entitlement terminated forever.  The exception is if the soldier was performing Missionary service.  In that case, a soldier has up to three years to return to an active drilling M-day status.
Eligibility can be suspended and reinstated only once during a soldier’s eligibility period.  Below are common conditions that cause suspension or termination of RC GI Bill benefits.
  • Transfer to Inactive National Guard (ING) (Entitlement is suspended up to one year and then terminated).
  • Honorable Discharge (Eligibility is suspended and reinstated only if soldier returns to an active drilling status within one year).
  • Title 10 or 32 AGR program (Eligibility is suspended and then terminated if soldier does not return to an active drilling status as an M-day within one year).
  • Unsatisfactory Participant (Eligibility terminated with recoup).
RC GI Bill Recoup of Payments:
Soldiers who fail to participate satisfactorily will have their GI Bill entitlement terminated with recoupment.  Recoupment is based on the total amount received divided by 72 and then multiplied by the number of obligated months remaining on the soldier’s contract.
For additional questions please review the GI BILL SOP GI Bill Manager SOP Final 20161001 (002).pdfGI Bill Manager SOP Final 20161001 (002).pdf