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Can I Find Out How Many Months I’ve Served on Active Duty for Post 9/11 GI Bill Tier Percentage Purposes?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I don’t know how many active duty months I have all together, and I am needing to figure this out soon so I can figure out what GI Bill I can use. Is there anywhere I can go to see how many months I’ve served on active duty? I am National Guard, and I have Basic Training, AIT, and a bunch of training I did in preparation for my deployment to Iraq. I just need to find out exactly how many months I have, and where I can go to find that. Thanks.

A: No there isn’t a place where you can see how many qualifying months you have for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but I can give you some guidelines and you can figure it out for yourself.

First, your deployment time on Title 10 orders in support of contingency operations count. So assuming you have a one-year tour on those orders, you have at least 36 months of education benefits at the 60% level of repayment.

The time you spent in Basic Training and AIT will not count until you have at least 24 months of qualifying time, and then those months will kick in and add to your eligibility, but for right now they do not count.

As far as your train-up time, it may or may not count – it depends on the type of orders you were on at the time. If they were Title 10 or Title 32 (sec.502f) then the time will count. However if they were just plain Title 32 or some other type order, then most likely that time will not count.

You could always go to the eBenefits website and request your Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990. That will show your months of unused benefits and your tier percentage.

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