As of August 5, Army Guard members will have immediate access to education benefits after they complete basic and advanced individual training (AIT). Under the current policy, Guard had to complete AIT and wait a year before they could use the education benefits.  In addition soldiers do not have to complete 10 years of service to use Tuition Assistance to pursue a master’s degree. This benefit will depend on the completion of professional military education requirements but only if Tuition Assistance was used as a part of earning an undergraduate degree.  Regardless of whether Tuition Assistance is used for an undergraduate or graduate degree, soldiers are still limited to 16 credit hours per year.  Read more at