WASHINGTON (CN) – The Obama administration is trying to kick-start the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill by issuing Defense Department wide regulations guiding the implementation of the bill without having to wait for each service to establish its own policies.
To be eligible for the GI Bill, individuals must serve on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, for at least 30 continuous days with a discharge due to a service-connected disability; or an aggregate period ranging from 90 days to 36 months or more. The benefits of the bill include tuition and fees that may not exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate program at a public institution of higher learning, a monthly stipend equal to the basic allowance for housing given to a service member with dependents, in the same ZIP code as the school that the student is attending; and a yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year.
The bill also authorizes kickers of $150 to $950 a month as enlistment and reenlistment incentives for members who enlist in reserve units that are in need of the skills the members will acquire from further education.