ROA responded to these developments by submitting its positions to the committee. Read ROA's response.
ROA has long been a staunch advocate for appropriately extending and managing education benefits for service members. In the last year alone ROA has advocated for the following positions:
- Include U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps members in the post–9/11 GI Bill.
- Include Title 32 AGR and Title 14 eligibility for the post–9/11 GI Bill.
- Adopt Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) Ch. 30, 38 USC program eligibility rules for non-degree vocational, on-the-job training, apprenticeship, and flight training programs to post–9/11 GI Bill.
- Exempt GI Bill earned benefit from being considered income in need-based aid calculations.
- Develop a standard nationwide payment system for private schools.
- Re-examine qualification basis for Yellow Ribbon Program, rather than first-come first-served.
---Enact Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protections for mobilized Guard and Reserve students, granting academic leaves of absence, protecting academic standing, and guaranteeing refunds. Adjust interest rates on federal student loans of mobilized reservists when the market rate drops below 6 percent.
- Increase Montgomery GI Bill–Selected Reserve (MGIB–SR) to 47 percent of MGIB–Active.
- Include four-year reenlistment contracts to qualify for MGIB–SR.