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Can I Still Use My Active Duty GI Bill While in the Reserves?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: When my active duty enlistment is over I am considering transferring to the reserves. Will I be able to use my active duty benefits while serving in the reserves?

A: Yes you will and you could establish eligibility for the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR), however it doesn’t pay much – only $337 per month. I don’t know which GI Bill you have from active duty, but If you plan on getting a degree, you may want to look at transferring to the Post 9/11 GI Bill unless you already have it. In most cases, it pays better than the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD), however, if you plan on pursuing some type of non-degree program, then you will want to stay with the MGIB-AD. If you have the MGIB-AD and you haven’t used any of it, you will get your $1,200 contribution back once you switch and use up your 36 months of New GI Bill benefits.

If you do stick with the MGIB-AD and use up your 36 months of benefits, you can switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and get an additional 12 months of entitlements. If you switch with MGIB benefits left, then you get just those same number of months and not the additional time.

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