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As a Recall Retiree, Am I Eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I retired from active duty in November 2008, before the Post 9/11 GI Bill was introduced. I came right back on active duty as a retiree recall and am currently still in that status. Am I eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits?

A: As a retiree recall, yes you are eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Because you have at least three years of service after September 10, 2001, you are at the 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill tier level. That is important for benefit transfer purposes. So not only do you have 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility (assuming you did not use Montgomery GI Bill benefits while on active duty in the Navy the first time), you have met one of the service requirements for transfer benefits. The others are:
- having served for at least six years
- currently serving at the time of the transfer request
- and being retirement eligible at the time of your transfer request.

However it is important to note that if you do intend to transfer benefits after August 1st, you would have to have at least four years left on your enlistment whether you are retirement eligible or not. That can be a problem if you don’t have that many years left until you reach your Retention Control Point (RCP). If you have less than four years left, you would not be able to get a transfer request approved.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you can go to school and the VA would pay your tuition up to the resident undergraduate rate at a public school or up to $19,198.31 per year at a private school.

Being you are on active duty, you would not get the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance, but you would get the book stipend of $41.67 per credit per semester. There is a $1,000 per year cap on the book stipend.

One last note – if you waited until you are out to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill, then you would get the monthly housing allowance.

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