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If I Get Chaptered Out on Weight, Can I Still Use My GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I will be chaptered out the Army for weight. If I get a General Under Honorable Conditions discharge, do I get to keep my GI Bill?

A: Yes you do get to keep your GI Bill, however, you will not be able to use it if you have a less than fully Honorable discharge. There is a recourse though if you think (and can prove) your discharge status is incorrect.

If you are within 15 years of your discharge date (and obviously you are), then you can appeal your discharge status to the Army Board of Corrections. You start the process by submitting DD Form 249. There isn’t any guarantee they will change your discharge to an Honorable status, but at least it is an avenue of appeal. It can take up to six months to get a decision back. I wish you the best of luck.

Comments  (4)

I’m curious if I ETS Honorably but I’m still flagged for overweight , will I still receive my GI bill.

posted by Billy Bob
3:33 am on July 18, 2011

As long as your discharge is fully honorable and not a general under honorable conditions, you will be able to use your GI Bill.

posted by Ron Kness
9:01 am on July 18, 2011

so if i get discharged for being overweight will it be an honorable discharge or general

posted by John
8:25 am on October 21, 2011

It depends on your Command. The overweight will play into their decision, but so will several other things. Talk to your Command and ask them what discharge they plan to give you. Then you will know.

posted by Ron Kness
10:07 am on October 24, 2011
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