YOU MUST APPLY TO THE VA!
Submit VA Form 22-1990 to the VA Office either by:
Online application at www.gibill.va.gov
(preferred method & gives faster reply)
Mail in hard-copy signature page per the instruction
Mail by completing VA Form 22-1990 (download form from www.gibill.va.gov
You also must mail in your proof of military services to the VA:
DD214 (copy/Copies) for active duty service and or/
DD Form 2384-1 (NOBE) (copy) for guard/reserve serviceNOTE
: the G.I. Bill "Irrevocable Decision" applies only for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
Ch. 33. Conversely, if you stay with Ch. 30, 1606 or 1607, you can later select Ch. 33 (if you 're eligible) and that selection to Ch. 33 becomes 'irrevocable' at the time.
The VA will send you a CERTIFICATE OF ENTITLEMENT (COE) that identifies your specific entitlement based on the G.I. Bill Education Benefit (Chapter) you selected and applied for.For college/ universities/ schools ("classroom" education):
Contact the Veterans Certifying Office (VCO) at your school to get enrollment procedure and to find out if your program is approved for GI Bill benefits. If your program is not approved, call the State Approving Agency (SAA).For Apprenticeship (APP) or On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Find job first. You must be hired. Ask your employer to contact SAA to start the procedure to approve your position for G.I. Bill veterans' benefits. Apprenticeship has to be from at least 1 year and can go up to 5 years in length.
OJT has to be from at least 6 months and can go up to 2 years in length.