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If I Was in Less Than 120 Days, Am I Still Entitled to the GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If I was in the Army for less than 120 days, but got an honorable discharge, am I still entitled to the GI Bill?

A: Probably not as much of your 120 days were more than likely spent as training time, which doesn’t count towards GI Bill eligibility unless you have served at least 36 months, at which point training time does count.

If you had at least 90-days of your time in the Army that was not spent in Basic Training or Advance Individual Training (AIT), then yes, that time would count. You only need 90-days to attain minimum eligibility of the Post 9/11 GI Bill which would put you at the 40% tier.

At the Post 9/11 GI Bill 40% level, the VA would pay 40% of your tuition and eligible fees, up to the in-state maximum, and you would get up to $400 of the $1,000 book stipend and housing allowance. The book stipend is paid at the rate of 40% of the $41.67 per credits. To get the housing allowance, you would have to maintain a rate of pursuit of greater-than-half-time (normally 7 credits or more) and take at least one class (pertaining to your degree plan) per term on campus.

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