VETERAN FLIGHT TRAINING BENEFITS

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Leading Edge Aviation is proud to be one of the first flight schools in the country to be approved to offer Veteran flight training benefits in the Pacific Northwest. We also work closely with the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Aviation programs.

WHAT’S AVAILABLE FOR VETERANS?

Private Rating included

Private Ratings are included in benefit coverage when studying through the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) program

Available to all covered Veterans

Leading Edge Aviation will permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education for which the individual provides notification of eligibility. Leading Edge will not impose any penalty due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapters 31 or 33

Flight Training Benefits for VA students

LEA supports comprehensive additional benefits for veterans, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30), and Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606).

Benefits may also be applied to attend Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Visit the COCC VA website for additional information or email VetsEd@cocc.edu.

With Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

Veterans have two options:

Via Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Aviation Program:

You could be eligible for 100% of tuition and flight training including your Private rating under this G.I Bill. You will also be eligible for a monthly housing allowance (MHA) and books & supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year. You will be able to receive the following ratings:

  • Helicopter: Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instruction (CFI), Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII), Mountain or External load (Long line) training, and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training.
  • Fixed Wing: Private, Instrument, Private Multi Engine add on, Commercial SEL and Multi Engine, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII), Multi Engine Instructor (MEI), and Commercial AMEL add on Multi Engine Instructor (MEI)

Directly via Leading Edge Aviation Program:

You could be eligible for $13,986 per year to pay for flight training. You can use this amount to help pay for these ratings: Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instruction (CFI), Certified Flight instrument Instruction (CFII). This route will not pay for any part of your Private rating.

With Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty

This is an education program for individuals who initially started active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and for military retirees who entered the service before 1/1/77 and were eligible to receive chapter 34 benefits on 12/31/89. You must establish eligibility under one of these four categories:

Category 1: for those who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, and didn’t decline the MGIB in writing upon entry into active duty.

Category 2: for those with remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI Bill (Chapter 34, title 38, U.S. Code). 

Category 3: for those who were involuntarily separated for certain reasons or those who were separated under the VSI (Voluntary Separation Incentive) or SSB (Special Separation Benefit) program.

Category 4: for former Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) participants who elected to convert to MGIB during the open window periods, and for a small group of National Guard members who were given a brief opportunity to elect MGIB.

With Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill- Selected Reserve

This is an education program for active members of the Selected Reserve. Selected Reserve components include the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corp Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. You can be eligible for chapter 1606 benefits if you meet the following requirements:

  • Incur a six-year Selected Reserve Obligation. You must enter into a six year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve. If you’re an officer, you must agree to serve six years in addition to your current obligation.
  • Complete your IADT (Initial Active Duty for Training).
  • Maintain Selected Reserve Status. Serve in a drilling Selected Reserve unit and remain in good standing.
  • Complete High School. You must obtain a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before you apply for benefits.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

This educational program for Active members of the selected Reserve called to active duty in response to a contingency operation declared by the President of Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who’s eligible for chapter 1607. You may be eligible for REAP benefits if you meet the following requirements:

1) Served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, in support of a contingency operation for 90 consecutive days or more; or

2) Performed full-time National Guard duty under section 502 (f) of title 32 for 90 consecutive days or more when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for the purpose of responding to a national emergency declared by the President and supported by Federal funds; or

3) A member called or ordered to active service while serving in the Selected Reserve remains entitled to benefits under REAP only by continuing to serve in the Selected Reserve. A member called or ordered to active service from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) remains entitled to benefits under REAP by continuing to serve in the Ready Reserve (either Selected Reserve or IRR). Note: You may be eligible as soon as you have served 90 consecutive days on active duty in a qualifying period of active duty. Not all call-up service is necessarily qualifying for REAP. DoD/ DHS identities which reservists and full-time National Guard members are eligible. In some cases, serving in an AGR (Active Guard and Reserve) may be qualifying service.

American Aviator Act

The Forces to Flyers Research Initiative has ended. There is currently a proposed bill to make the American Aviator Act, an offshoot of the Forces to Flyers initiative, an approved program. Please follow this link to see updates on this proposal.