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BNCC February Newsletter

BNCC February Newsletter

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BATTALION CAREER COUNSELORSSG MCCLURE, JEFFERY3380 S. WALNUT STREETBLOOMINGTON, IN 47401812-332-4491 EXT 85069
Organization
Soldiers in six month ETS window
2nd Battalion 150th Field Artillery Retention Newsletter 
 
WHY GO TO COLLEGE????
 Average Salary Statistics from the Department of Labor High School Diploma $28,000, Bachelor’s Degree $45,000,Master’s Degree $63,450.The more College you have the more money you will make.
NATIONAL GUARD SUPPLEMENTAL GRANT:
 
 NGSGPays up to 100% tuition assistance to state supported schools for a first Associate or Bachelor Degree. NOTE: No summer tuition and fees will be covered.
NATIONAL GUARD EXTENSION SCHOLARSHIP(NGES):
 
 NGES began May 3, 2007 and is similar to the Na-tional Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG) except NGES is for eligible Soldiers who leave the Guard with an honorable dis-charge. Former Guard members have only one year from thedate of discharge to apply.
FEDERAL TUITION ASSISTANCE (FTA)
 
Soldiers may useFTA to receive ONE degree/ credential from EACH of the fol-lowing levels. Secondary School Diploma, i.e. HS or GED, Cer-tificate , Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s or First ProfessionalDegree
Researching MGIB1. Go tohttp://www.gibill.va.gov/ 2.
Education Benefits on the left side of the website will let youcheck for current rates, forms, how to apply, and other MGIBinformation.
3. Go tohttp://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp 4.
Find out what you qualify for. Start VONAPP to have helpfrom VA for what you qualify for.
Military Transcript Websites
Army – AARTS (866) 297-4427 or (913) 684-3269
https://aarts.army.mil/ ARNG Education Support Center:
 National level agency for education benefits for Soldiers of the Army National Guard,their dependents, and civilian employees of the Guard. Their subject matter experts are available to help you maximize your education benefits Monday thru Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.CST
Website:https://esc.pec.ngb.army.mil/ Army National Guard Education Support Centeresc@pec.ngb.army.mil 
DL0 SPCM WALTON CODY LAWRENCE 2/16/2010DL4 SPCM KILBURN WILLIAM CURTIS 2/23/2010DL6 SGT5 CALDWELL CALEB RICHARD 2/25/2010DL6 SPCM MUSIC SHANE ANTHONY 2/25/2010DL6 SPCM ANGELILLIS PAUL EDWARD 3/11/2010DL4 SPCM MCKIBBEN CHRISTOPHER DUSTIN 3/16/2010DL8 SPCM ZACHARY NATHAN EARL 3/17/2010DLK PFC3 BRANNEMAN SAMUEL LEE 3/24/2010DL6 SPCM FRENCH CLIFTON YORK 3/29/2010DL4 SPCM HAYMAN JEFFERY DEAN 3/4/2010DL4 SPCM BRAUN RODNEY STEVEN 3/7/2010DL4 SGT5 SOWERS JEREMIAH DANIEL 4/2/2010DL2 SPCM FRYE DUSTIN SCOTT 4/22/2010DLK SPCM SORRELS JOSHUA LESTER 4/25/2010DL8 SGT5 JOHNSON KEITH ROBERT 4/28/2010DL6 SSG6 MANOR ROBBIE GENE 4/3/2010DL0 SGT5 SCHORLING KEVIN JOHN 5/15/2010DLK SFC7 MCGLOTHLIN DONALD WYATT 5/28/2010DL2 SGT5 BEDRAVA STEVEN MAXEINER 5/3/2010DL2 SPCM JOHNSON RICKY LEE 5/9/2010DL2 SGT5 KELLER RANDALL AUSTIN 6/16/2010DL6 SSG6 SCHULTZ ERIC MICHAEL 6/19/2010DLK SGT5 SPROWL NICHOLAUS JAMES FRAN 6/30/2010DL2 SPCM SPARKS RICKIE LEE 7/14/2010DLK SFC7 CREAMER ROBERT RAY JR 7/16/2010DL6 SPCM MERRITT SCOTT ROBERT 7/2/2010DL0 SFC7 HALES ADRIAN REESE 7/24/2010DL6 SPCM LONEY PATRICK DOUGLAS 7/7/2010DLK SGT5 COTE ANDREW JOSEPH 7/8/2010DLK SPCM EVANS KYLE ANDREW 7/8/2010DL6 SSG6 BERKSHIRE KENNETH HESS 7/9/2010
Every soldier is valuable to our Battalion, If yousee any of these soldiers above walking aroundyour halls stop them and encourage them to Re-enlist in to the 2nd Battalion 150th Field Artillery.
 PG 1 *Why should I go to College PG2 *Career Center Information PG3 *Tricare (TRS) *What’s in it for me
 
Indiana Army National Guard Career Center 
345 West Division St.Remington, IN 47977
Your one-stop career enhancement shop
Get answers to your questions byattending the free courses offeredat the Career Center:
Retiree BenefitsEducation AssistanceEnlisted Promotion SystemMilitary Credit EvaluationSurvivor BenefitsIndividual CounselingTalk with your Unit Career Counselor about Attending
Attend the Career Center in split-train status.Contact your Battalion Career Counselor toreserve a seat and request travel orders.
 
TY 2010 Training Dates24-25 Oct 097-8 Nov 09N/A Dec 0930-31 Jan 1027-28 Feb 1027-28 Mar 1024-25 Apr 1022-23 May 1026-27 Jun 1017-18 Jul 1028-29 Aug 1025-26 Sep 10
 
2nd Battalion 150th Field Artillery Retention Newsletter PAGE 2
 
 
Indiana Army NationalGuardCareer Center 345 West Division St.Remington, IN 47977(219) 261-2147 x 8152or (800) 237-2850 x 8152SFC Tague x 17SGM (R) Hancock x 18SSG Lauderdale x 19
 
 
 
2nd Battalion 150th Field Artillery Retention Newsletter PAGE 3
 
TRICARE Eligibility:
 
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Have up-to-date info in DEERS and possess a valid ID card.-Retirees, their spouses, and eligible children-Un-remarried former spouse and eligible children of retiredservice members who have died-A spouse and unmarried children of National Guard memberswho die as a result of a line of duty condition may be eligible for health care.
TRICARE Reserve Select:
TRS was established April 26, 2005 by the National Defense Authorization Act. TRS is a premium- based healthcare plan that qualified National Guard membersmay purchase. TRS, which requires a monthly premium, offerscoverage similar to TRICARE Standard and Extra.
TRS Monthly Premiums:
 
Member-Only: $49.62//
 
Member-and-Family: $197.65
*
These costs became effective 1 January 2010
 
TRS Annual Deductible
Sponsor's rank is E-4 and below:Individual: $50Family: $100Sponsor's rank is E-5 and above:Individual: $150Family: $300Catastrophic Cap = $1,000 per fiscal year*
TRS Enrollment: Step 1: Qualify
To qualify, you must be a member of the Selected Reserveof the Ready Reserve, and you cannot be eligible for or en-rolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program (as defined inChapter 89 of Title 5 U.S.C
 
) or cur-rently covered under FEHB, either under your own eligibil-ity or through a family member. Follow these steps to qual-ify for TRS: Log on to the www.tricare.mil Follow the in-structions. Print and sign the
TRS Request Form
 
(DD Form2896-1)
 
Step 2: Purchase
Mail or fax your completed
TRS Request Form
along withthe first month's premium payment to your regional contrac-tor within the specified deadline.Your monthly premium amount is based on the type of cov-erage you select. TRS offers two types of coverage: TRSMember-Only or TRS Member-and-Family coverage.
What’s in it for me! Why should I extend?SSG McClure will tell you why.
 
SPOUSE BENEFITS
:
 
Your spouse is eligible for assis-tance through the Army National Guard Education Sup- port Center, to include: educational counseling, creditevaluation and college degree planning. The State of Indiana, also provides FREE CLEP testing (CollegeLevel Examination Program) to spouses of NationalGuard soldiers through theEducation Services Office located at Fort Harrison.
Service members’ Group Life Insurance:
Your de- pendent children are automatically covered for $10,000as long as you have $50,000 worth of coverage on your-self.
The Tricare Dental Plan is also available to yourfamily!TAX BREAK:
Because your in the Indiana Army Na-tional Guard and pay Indiana income tax, You may de-duct up to $5,000 on your state taxes!
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)Home Loan Guaranty:
 
VA home loan guaranties areissued to help eligible service members, veterans, re-servists and unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes,condominiums, residential cooperative housing units,and manufactured homes, and to refinance loans. For additional information or to obtain VA loan guarantyforms, visithttp://www.homeloans.va.gov/.
Have unlimited access to any military exchange orcommissary.
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery:
 Any Hoo-sier eligible to be buried in a national cemeterymay be buried here. Spouse of eligible veteran willalso be eligible.

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