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Do I Qualify for the GI Bill from My Reserve Service?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Good Morning SGM. My question..my period of active duty was from 1989 to 1999,and then my Reserves was from 1999 to 2005. I used a 1/2 semester of my GI Bill from active duty before expiration and was denied an extension. Do I qualify for the GI Bill under my 6yrs of reserve service?

A: Not unless you were deployed for at least 91 days after September 10, 2001. With the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), it is good for only as long as you are in the Reserve or National Guard. Once you are out, your MGIB-SR benefits end.

However, if you were deployed after the September date, on an active duty Title 10 order for a contingency operation such as Iraq or Afghanistan, then you qualify for a percentage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. A typical one-year deployment would put you at the 60% tier. As far as the number of months, you would get 36 minus the number of months you used for your ½ semester, which would have been around 2 ½ to 3 months depending on the length of your semester.

To start using your GI bill, go to the VONAPP website and submit VA form 22-1990. You will get a Certificate of Eligibility back from the VA. Take that certificate with you when you enroll in school.

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