Federally funded program provides eligible Reserve
Component servicemembers with monthly entitlements
for the pursuit of education programs approved by
the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The specific
guidelines pertaining to the administration of this
program are as follows:
a secondary school graduate or equivalent.
completed IADT or equivalent.
a satisfactory participant in the New Jersey Army
National Guard (NJARNG).
be receiving a ROTC Scholarship (10 USC 2107).
an officer, agree to serve in the Selected Reserve
for 6 years in addition to any other Selected Reserve
obligation. (DA Form 5435-R)
reenlist, or extend an enlistment in the Selected
Reserve for a period of not less than 6 years after
1 July 1985. Prior service, in-service members,
and officers must meet all above qualifying criteria
before taking this action. Non-prior Service
members may enlist for 6 years and then meet the
above qualifying criteria.
enrolling in vocational or remedial courses must
incur their six year obligation after 1 October
date of entitlement will be established the date
that you meet all the above criteria. You
will be eligible to utilize these entitlements
only when your date of entitlement has been established. Non-
Prior Service members may commit the six years
from the date of the enlistment, and then meet
the remaining criteria and become eligible for
entitlements. Current members must meet criteria
before committing for six years.
entitlement is established, you will be required
to sign a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) DD
2384-1, which will fully explain satisfactory participation,
non-participation, expiration period, other entitlements,
and prohibited duplication of benefits.
maximum time to draw unused benefits is ten years from
the date of basic eligibility. Benefits terminate
when you have received benefits for a total of 36 full-time
months, become an unsatisfactory participant, separate
from the Selected Reserve, or acceptance of an ROTC
will occur if the guard member becomes an unsatisfactory
participant in the NJARNG. Recoupment is also
authorized for unsatisfactory grades.
National Guard / Individual Ready Reserve
/ Interservice Transfers
that transfer to or from the NJNG to another Reserve
Component or another state or territory must take certain
steps to ensure that their benefits are continued. When
an individual transfers, they are separated from the
original service. This separation is automatically
reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This
may result in a termination or delay in receiving benefits. In
order to reduce this problem, personnel must provide
their gaining Education Center with a copy of their
original Notice of Basic Eligibility. Failure
to provide the original document may result in a delay
soldiers sign the Statement of Understanding (DA
Form 5435-R). Unit administrative personnel
will coordinate this action and put a copy of the
statement into the individual's file, MPRJ, and
provide a copy to the soldier.
administrative personnel will fax, or mail, NJDMAVA
Form 603 to the Education Center to request
a Notice of Basic Eligibility (DD Form 23842).
receipt, the Montgomery G.I. Bill (MGIB) Manager
will ensure eligibility, sign the DD Form 23842
and then mail the DD Form 23842 to the soldier
for signature. (NOTE: Only the State Education
Services Officer or MGIB Manager is authorized
to sign the DD Form 23842.)
copy of the completed DD Form 23842 will be placed
in the soldiers MPRJ and another will be maintained
by the Education Center (NJARNG or State.)
Eligible Soldiers Must Take to Use Their Montogomery
the institution, the VA, State Approving Agency,
or the Education Center to ensure that his or her
specific program of education is approved for the
Montgomery Gl Bill.
contacts the institution's Veterans Affairs Office
a copy of his or her Notice of Basic of Eligibility
(DD Form 23842)
VA Form 222990 (Application for VA Education
college, or school forwards the above documents
to the appropriate Veterans Administration
Regional Office responsible for processing
entitlement award checks.
Veterans Administration regulations an individual may
become eligible for more than one education benefit.
In many instances a soldier can become eligible for
both Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 of the Montgomery
G.I. Bill. Regulations limit the number of months
that an individual can receive benefits. Normal entitlement
is 36 full-time months for each program. If a soldier
qualifies for both programs, the maximum entitlement
that can ever be received is a total of 48 full-time
months or equivalent.
of Veterans Affairs
inquire concerning the status of your education claim
or to ask any general education benefit question, you
may contact the VA at their Education Inquiry page or call their toll-free number: 1-888-GI