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Veterans (VA) Educational Benefits


Application Procedure. Application forms are available at VA offices, the VA Web site (www.va.gov), active duty stations, American Embassies, and from the Utica College veterans counselor. Completed forms are submitted to the nearest VA office.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards. For the most part, benefits under Chapter 30 end 10 years from the date of the veteran’s separation from active duty. VA can extend this 10-year period if the veteran was prevented from training during this period because of a disability or because he or she was held by a foreign government or power. The 10-year period also can be extended if an individual reenters active duty for 90 days or more after becoming eligible. Veterans serving periods of active duty of less than 90 days can qualify for extensions under certain circumstances. If the veteran’s discharge is upgraded by the military, the 10-year period begins on the date of the upgrade.

If eligibility is based on both the Vietnam Era GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill, and discharge from active duty was before December 31, 1989, the veteran will have until January 1, 2001. In most cases, VA will subtract from the 10-year period those periods the veteran was not on active duty between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985.

If eligibility is based on two years of active duty and four years in the Selected Reserve, the veteran’s eligibility will end the later of: (a) 10 years from separation from active duty; or (b) 10 years from completion of the four-year Selected Reserve obligation. This four-year obligation, however, does not apply to certain individuals separated because of downsizing the military between October 1, 1991, and September 30, 1995.

Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve)


Application Procedure. Application forms are available at VA offices, the VA Web site (www.va.gov), active duty stations, American Embassies, and from the Utica College veterans counselor. Completed forms are submitted to the nearest VA office.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards. The Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve) is a program of education benefits for members of the reserve elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This program also is referred to as Chapter 1606. To be eligible for the program, a reservist must:

(a) have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985, or, if an officer, agree to serve six years in addition to the original obligation;

(b) complete Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT);

(c) meet the requirements for a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT; and

(d) remain in good standing in a Selected Reserve unit.

A six-year reserve commitment that begins after September 30, 1990, is needed to receive education benefits for pursuit of:

(a) Courses leading to a certificate or diploma from business, technical, or vocational schools

(b) Cooperative training

(c) Apprenticeship or on the job training

(d) Correspondence training

(e) Accredited independent study programs

(f) Tutorial assistance benefits

(g) Flight training from September 30, 1990, to September 30, 1994

Army and Air Force ROTC



The Army ROTC program offers tuition scholarships that are awarded at different rates depending on the needs of the Army. There are also awards available for books and a monthly stipend to qualified students. The Air Force ROTC program offers tuition scholarships that are awarded depending on the needs of the Air Force. There is also a monthly stipend for qualifying students.

Program availability is described in the “Undergraduate Programs” section of the UC undergraduate catalog. Specific information on scholarships may be obtained by writing

Professor of Military Science (Army)

or

Professor of Aerospace Studies (Air Force)

303 Archbold Gym North
Syracuse University
Syracuse NY 13244-1140

The telephone number for the Army is (315) 443-2462. The telephone number for the Air Force is (315) 443-2461.



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