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National Call to Service program

If you performed a period of national service, you may qualify for the National Call to Service program. This program allows you to choose an education benefit as an alternative to the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). Find out if you qualify.

Am I eligible for this benefit?

You may be eligible for the National Call to Service program if you meet these requirements.

Both of these must be true:

  • You completed your initial entry training and then continued to serve on active duty for 15 months in a military occupational specialty designated by the secretary of defense, and

  • Then, without a break in service, you served either an additional period of active duty as determined by the secretary of defense or a period of 24 months in active status in the Selected Reserve

And one of these must be true:

Without a break in service, you then spent the rest of your obligated service:

  • On active duty in the Armed Forces, or
  • In the Selected Reserve, or
  • In the Individual Ready Reserve, or
  • In AmeriCorps, or another domestic national service program jointly designated by the secretary of defense

Who’s covered?

Veterans

What benefits can I get?

If you're eligible for the National Call to Service program, you chose one of these benefits when you enlisted:

  • A cash bonus of $5,000, or
  • Repayment of a qualifying student loan not more than $18,000, or
  • Educational assistance equal to the 3-year monthly MGIB rate for 12 months, or
  • Educational assistance equal to 50% of the less-than-3-year monthly MGIB rate for 36 months

How do I get these benefits?

You can apply by mail. You’ll need to fill out an Application for VA Education Benefits Under the National Call to Service (VA Form 22-1990n).

Get VA Form 22-1990n to download

Mail your completed form to the VA regional processing office for your school’s address. If you haven’t chosen a school, mail it to the regional processing office for your home address. You can find the mailing address on the form.