MONTGOMERY GI BILL PROGRAM UPDATE:
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NARR/REF A IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1322.16, MONTGOMERY GI BILL
REF B IS BUPERS INSTRUCTION 1780.1A, GI BILL EDUCATION BENEFITS PROGRAMS.
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN implements changes to the period of election to
enroll/disenroll from the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) as announced in reference
(a) and serves to update policies and procedures in reference (b). These
changes have the potential to impact Sailor pay due to the fact that MGIB
will cost $1,200 for each Sailor who does not actively opt out of MGIB. Note
that opting out of MGIB benefits does not impact the Service Member's Post
9-11 GI Bill benefits.
2. Effective 5 January 2023, Active Duty Service Members are no longer
authorized to make a decision to opt out of MGIB during initial entry
training. The opt out window will now occur between days 180 and 270 of
service, counted from the first day a member enters Active Duty. During this
90-day window, all Service Members must be counseled and make a decision to
opt out of MGIB.
3. Eligibility. With the exception of graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy,
Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship Program, and members with prior
Active Duty service, all Service Members who enter Active Duty are
automatically enrolled in MGIB unless they opt out during the 90-day window
discussed in paragraph 2.
4. Enrollment. Eligible Active Duty Service Members will be automatically
enrolled under the MGIB Program, unless they decline this benefit. In line
with reference (b), a signed MGIB Act of 1984 Basic Enrollment form (revised
September 2022), Department of Defense (DD) Form 2366, is required to be
signed by all eligible members. Service Members may only complete the form
once and the election is irrevocable.
5. Mandatory Counseling. All Active Duty Service Members will be counseled
on the MGIB program at least once before their 270th day and must be given
the opportunity to opt out of MGIB between their 180th and 270th day of
Active Duty. If not declined, payroll deduction for MGIB enrollment will
begin the month following the Service Member's 270th day at $100 per month
for 12 months. Note that the Post 9-11 GI Bill is no cost to the Service
6. Since the majority of affected Service Members will still be in the
training pipeline when they reach their decision window, MyNavy HR will
provide the required counseling and ensure a signed election form is received
and processed for those Service Members. For Service Members who report to
their command before their election window, commands will be responsible for
taking the following actions:
a. Provide counseling on education opportunities. MGIB New
Accession Counseling tool is available at
b. Advise Service Members of their 90-day MGIB election window to ensure
timely completion of enrollment/disenrollment requirements and to prevent
erroneous pay deductions. No later than day 240 ensure all Service Members
have completed, electronically signed, and submitted the DD Form 2366 to
ensure timely processing ahead of day 270.
c. Command Pay and Personnel Assistants will submit DD Form 2366 to
MyNavy Career Center and must periodically review the Navy Standard
Integrated Personnel System to ensure that all Sailors at their command are
counselled and complete their election in the designated window.
7. For specific instructions, best practices for counseling, completing and
submitting DD Form 2366, refer to training presentation at
8. For questions concerning MGIB policy, contact LCDR Matthew Sullivan at
(703)604-5310 or email@example.com.
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//