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The Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty (MGIB-AD/CH 30) was created on 01 July 1985 to incorporate Active Duty Soldiers back into civilian life. It is offered to all active duty service members (to include AGR Soldiers) upon entry into Active Duty Service.

For most Soldiers this GI Bill offers the most benefit. This benefit also allows Soldiers to add to their Ch 30 benefits by paying additional money into it (commonly known as plus-up). 

AGR Soldiers must serve 3 consecutive yrs before they can receive their benefits, but they can start to contribute as soon as their tour begins.

In order to qualify, Soldiers must have either served in an Active Component or have been in Title 10 AGR Status after 01 July 1985. All Title 32 AGR Soldiers must have been AGR after 28 November 1989. Note: Any title 32 AGR Soldier prior to November 1989 could have enrolled in the program but they only had a 9 month window to do so from October 1996-July 1997.


 Deliminating/Expiration Date


Soldiers may use benefits under Ch 30 up to 10 yrs from when they are Discharged from Active Duty Service.

Soldiers who either enlist into a Regular Component (Active), go AGR, or are deployed BEFORE their 10 yr window is up may send their new DD 214, enlistment paperwork, AGR Orders, or deployment orders with their Ch 30 supporting documents and completed VA Form 21-4138 to their closest VA Regional Processing Office and request that they receive a new delimiting date for their benefits.


 Basic Eligibility


In order to qualify for the CH 30 (MGIB-AD) GI Bill program, Service Members must be a High School graduate or equivalent or have successfully completed 12 semester hours in an education program leading to a standard college degree and meet at least one of the criteria listed below:

  • entered his/her initial active duty period (active component, mobilization, or Active Guard/Reserve (AGR)) after 30 June 1985 and subsequently served in an active duty status for at least 2 years may be eligible
  • must serve 3 consecutive years in an active duty (AGR) status. Minimum of 24 months of active duty service required if enlistment is for less than 36 months.
  • currently mobilized under Title 10 for a period of 2 continuous years or mobilized for a period of less than 2 years but has successive mobilization periods that total 2 years

NC Army National Guard Soldiers who meet the above critera an none of the disqualifying factors below, may request enrollment into the program

o CH 30 Enrollment Request Form

o CH 30 Payment Rates


 Disqualifying Factors


o Declined at any time, in any branch of service

o Served in active component prior to 01 July 1985

o Service Academy Graduate

o Dedicated ARNG ROTC Scholarship Recipient

o Separated under “Other than Honorable” conditions


 Plus-Up Program

Similar to the Chapter 1607 (REAP) GI Bill program, Chapter 30 offers Soldiers the option of making an election to make additional contributions to the program thus allowing them to receive additional funding on top of their regular Chapter 30 payments. This is a great benefit for Soldiers who do not have a GI Bill Kicker or for Military Technicians since their eligibility in the ARNG Kicker program is suspended.
The law governing Plus-Up allows contributions to be made in increments of $20; however interested Soldiers are strongly encouraged to make a single lump sum payment of $600 in order to maximize benefit payments.
For every $20 contributed the VA will increase the Soldier’s monthly payment by $5. A full $600 contribution will increase a Soldier’s monthly payment by $150. Soldier’s utilizing the full 36 months of benefit will receive a total of $5,400 in Plus-Up payment increases for their $600 contribution.
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Service Members currently on Active Duty (for SELRES: AGR or mobilized status) may receive monthly CH 30 benefits up to the cost of the course only. This provision is referred to as “Top-Up”.

Under Top-Up, benefits under CH 30 can be used to assist in payment of tuition when the cost exceeds their respective Military Component’s cap under their Component’s Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Program.

Once they are no longer serving on active duty, Service Members can then receive their CH 30 benefits up to the full monthly amount.


 Other GI Bill Programs


o Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR)

o Chapter 1607 (REAP)

o Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)


 Additional Information