According to Marine administrative message 150/19, released March 11, "effective immediately, there is no minimum time in service requirement for the utilization of TA. Additionally, Marines in an awaiting training (MAT) status are eligible to participate in the program."
Previously, all Marines required a minimum time in service of 24 months per active-duty base date before being eligible to use their TA benefit.
Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible active-duty members of all branches, as well as all reserve components except the Navy and Marines.
Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, application process and restrictions. The money is usually paid directly to the school by each service.
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