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Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefits for Academic Tuition and Flight Training Fees

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Benefits for Academic Tuition and Flight Training FeesThe Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Post 9/11 Benefits and Eligibility

Veterans who have served a minimum of 90 days active duty since September 10, 2001 and have received an honorable discharge qualify for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. If your service is between 90 days and 36 months you will receive a percentage of the benefits between 40-90%, depending on how long you’ve served. If you have 36 months or more total since 9/11 you will qualify for full 100% benefits on qualifying education. Alternately, if you’ve been discharged due to a service-related disability and have at least 30 continuous days on active duty, you qualify for 100%. Even if you were ROTC or attended a service academy and were thus ineligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, you are now eligible for the new bill (but your active duty clock toward the 90 days to 36 months doesn’t start until you’ve completed the initial service obligation for your program).

School Tuition and Fees

The Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:

  • Your full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition & fees are capped at $17,500 per academic year. If you are attending a private Institution of Higher Learning in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX you may be eligible for a higher tuition reimbursement rate. Click here for more information.
  • For those attending a more expensive private school or a public school as a non-resident out-of-state student, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the “Yellow Ribbon Program”. (Click on the link for more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, not everyone is eligible for the program). 
For those attending classes at the greater than ½ time rate, a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents ($673.44 for the 2011 academic year & $684.00 for the 2012 academic year). For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the MHA rate is fixed at $1,346.88 for the 2011 academic year & $1,368.00 for the 2012 academic year. The academic year begins on August 1. (Active duty students & their spouses cannot receive the MHA.) 

  • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. 

  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.

This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.

A Post-9/11 GI Bill is available to former and current members of the United States military to help them pay for a college education. According to GIBill.com: “Effective August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is among the most comprehensive education benefit programs veterans and active-duty servicemembers have ever had.” Students must choose a school that is approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to receive this funding. Schools and universities across the U.S. accept the GI Bill.

Aviator College is approved by the Veteran’s Administration under the GI Bills for both academic tuition and flight training fees
. Prospective student who performed active duty after September 10, 2001 have additional eligiblity for funding. Read about the new VA benefit in a letter from the Director of VA Education Services http://www.gibill.va.gov

All pilots must now present a valid passport or birth certificate upon arrival. For any additional information please contact our Financial Aid Department.

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How to Become a Military Pilot

military pilotThe flight training and requirements in order to become a military pilot are extremely challenging. This field demands full dedication, focus, and perseverance.

There are three phases you must complete during your flight training to become a military pilot. Each phase consists of several courses courses and tests.

According to the US Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training, the phases are as follows:

Phase 1 – Academic Classes and Pre-Flight Training

  • Aerospace Physiology, Altitude Chamber Rides + Test
  • Ejection Seat / Egress Training, Parachute Landing Falls
  • Aircraft Systems Class + Test
  • Basic Instruments Class + Test
  • Mission Planning / Navigation Class + Test
  • Aviation Weather Class + Test

Phase 2 – Aircraft Training

  • 90 Hours of flight training instruction, 22 weeks of training
  • Learn Basic flying skills
  • Focus on contact, instruments, formation, and navigation
  • After 6 months, students choose track (bomber, tanker, multiengine turboprop)
  • Students are chosen based on performance

Phase 3 – Advanced Aircraft training

  • Fighter/Bomber Track – 120 hours, 24 weeks
  • Airlift/Tanker Track – 105 hours, 24 weeks
  • Multiengine Turboprop Track – 115 hours, 26 weeks

Tips and Warnings

Be totally committed

Becoming a military pilot is a serious commitment, it is an area of your life that you must give all or nothing.

Be eligible

Check your eligibility to participate in flight training, you must be in good physical health, including having good eyesight.

Warrant or commissioned officer?

Choose whether you want to be a warrant officer, or a technical specialist, or a commissioned officer, who may move up to higher levels of command.

Background check

All government positions require a background check in order to complete training.

The Fighter Aircrew Condition Test (FACT)

This test determines if an individual’s muscle fitness is qualified to operate high-G aircraft. After this test a student will have a physical fitness regimen specifically designed for him to target weaknesses.

There are 8 exercise events divided into two categories:

Strength Test

10-15 repetitions (50 total, minimum)
Your body weight multiplied by:
.35 for arm curls
.8 for bench press
.7 for lat pulls
1.6 for leg press
.5 for leg curls

Muscular Endurance Test

20 repetitions minimum, 50 repetitions maximum
Push-ups
Abdominal crunches
Leg presses

Your FACT score is calculated by combining the score of the two tests.