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365 Survey – Link

All Soldiers in the 365 window must take this new survey.


Bonuses

  • 6 Year Contract – $20,000 LUMP SUM Bonus
    • Less than 8 years + 1 day TIS
  • 6 Year Contract – $20,000 Bonus over two payments
    • Less than 13 years + 30 days TIS
  • SLRP in conjunction with 6 Year Bonus
    • Up to $50,000, E7 or below, less than 16 years TIS
  • 4 Year Contract – $10,000 LUMP SUM Bonus
    • Less than 13 years + 30 days TIS
  • 2 Year Contract – $4,000 LUMP SUM Bonus
    • Less than 13 years + 30 days TIS

State Tuition and Fee Waiver

  • All serving MA ARNG Service Members
  • Authorized 130 credit hours
    • Use for undergrad or graduate degree, certificate programs, short-term certificate programs and noncredit courses at state community colleges, state colleges, and/or state universities.
    • Must submit and application PRIOR TO the start of each semester, print out the approved certificate, and submit the certificate to the school.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Benefits (up to 36 months)

  • Pays up to 100% of in-state tuition and fees at public schools
  • Pays private and out-of-state tuition and fees up to $23,671 annually.
  • Payments made directly to the school, pro-rated by payment tier
  • Pays a monthly housing allowance (MHA)
  • Pays a book and fee stipend (Up to $1,000 per year)

Federal Tuition Assistance

  • Up to $250 per semester hour, 16 semester hours per fiscal year ($4,000/year)
  • Lifetime limit of 130 semester hours for undergraduate; 39 semester hours for graduate
  • Up to 21 additional semester hours for a Transition Certificate not previously received within the past 5 years (must apply within 3 years of anticipated separation)
  • One academic credential at the following levels: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s. Undergraduate/Graduate Certificate (No first professional certificates)

MGIB-SR Kicker

  • 6 Year Obligation
  • $350/month for 36 months ($12,600)
    • Has not previously contracted for the MGIB-SR Kicker
    • Must extend DMOSQ in the grade of E7 and below
    • Soldiers may extend during their initial obligation after completing three years of service.

Apprenticeships


Tricare Reserve Select Health Insurance

All drilling Service Members are eligible for health and dental insurance.

  • Single Member: $44.17/month
  • Family Plan: $228.27/month
    • E-4 and below single deductible: $52
    • E-4 and below family deductible: $102
    • E-5 and above single deductible: $156
    • E-5 and above family deductible: $313

Tricare Dental Insurance

  • Service Member: $11.39/month
  • Single (1 dependent): $28.48/month
  • Member and family: $85.44/month
    • E-4 and below family deductible: $102
    • E-5 and above single deductible: $156
    • E-5 and above family deductible: $313.

Thrift Savings Plan

  • Traditional Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
    • Similar to civilian employer 401(k) Plan
      • Invest Pre-Tax dollars
      • Investments follow stock market indexes
  • Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
    • Similar to civilian employer IRA plan
      • Invest After-Tax dollars
      • Investments follow stock market indexes

Life Insurance (SGLI & FSGLI)

  • Service Members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
    • Service member coverage available: $50,000 – $400,000, premiums range: $3.50 – $28.00/month
  • Family Service Members’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
    • Spouse & children coverage available: $10,000 – $100,000
    • Spouse & children premiums range: $0.50 – $50.00/month
    • Child is included at no cost if you buy spouse insurance

OCS/WOCS/ROTC/SMP

  • Officer Candidate School (OCS)
    • Traditional Program – RTI JBCC – Drill Weekends – 18 Months
    • Accelerated Program – Active Duty – 57 Days
  • Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
    • Phase 1 – Distance Learning
    • Phase 2 – Five MUTA 5 Drills at the RTI JBCC
    • Phase 3 – 15 Days at Camp Atterbury, IN
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)/Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
    • ROTC is part of your curriculum while you attend college
    • SMP’s are promoted to E5 and become a Cadet during drill to shadow leadership
    • Upon graduation, you will earn the commissioned rank of 2LT
    • Additional scholarships available

Inactive National Guard

  • Avoid IRR mobilizations & remain affiliated with the National Guard
  • CAC privileges continue
  • 4 hour paid muster per year (PHA at JFHQ)
  • No MEPS screening required
  • Easily reintegrated back on drilling status
  • Available to volunteer for deployments

MOS Re-Class

  • E-4 & below in the ETS Window (E5/E6 on case by case basis)
  • Qualifying line scores
  • No outstanding flags
  • Extend for 3 years
  • Transfer to a new unit
  • ATTRS seat will be requested and reserved

Active Duty Opportunities

  • AGR Branch Specific & Branch Immaterial Openings
  • ADOS Branch Specific & Branch Immaterial Openings
  • Title 10 Mobilization Opportunities

Military Discounts

  • Disney, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Shades of Green, etc.
  • USAA, T-Mobile, Home Depot, Lowes, restaurants everywhere
  • Armed Forced Vacation Club
  • Discounted Movie Tickets and other entertainment discounts
  • Hotels, museums, historical sites, national landmarks, and more

Additional Benefits

  • Space A travel, discounted military lodging
  • Military One Source
  • VA Home Loans
  • MWR Resources
  • AAFES/BX/PX/Commissary

Contact Information

  • State Retention POCs
    • State Retention Officer – CPT Fiola – stephen.d.fiola.mil@mail.mil – (774) 278-4335
    • State Retention NCO – MSG Biggins – jessica.l.biggins2.mil@mail.mil – (508) 922-5959
  • Brigade Retention NCOs
    • 51st TC Retention NCO – SFC Hall – joseph.p.hall.mil@mail.mil – (781) 879-0907
    • 26th MEB Retention NCO – SSG Andino – victor.n.andinosantana.mil@mail.mil – (781) 918-3275
    • 151st RSG Retention NCO – SGT McArdle – kyle.t.mcardle.mil@mail.mil – (781) 918-3190
    • 79th TC Retention NCO – SSG Henrique – daniel.j.henrique.mil@mail.mil – (781) 918-3282
  • Education & Incentives Services
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
    • Joseph Chesloski AFC M.Ed
    • Personal Financial Counselor – Assigned to Wellesley, MA
    • PFC.MA.NG@zeiders.com
    • mypay.dfas.mil
    • Phone: (774) 478-0130
  • Officer Opportunities
    • OCS/ROTC/SMP: CPT Lindsay – alexander.j.lindsay.mil@mail.mil – (339) 202-9005
    • WOCS: CW3 Corbin – robyn.m.corbin.mil@mail.mil – (339) 202-9101
  • Active Duty Opportunities