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Is It True If I Have CLRP I Can’t Get the GI Bill Without Reenlisting?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: When I enlisted I took the CLRP college loan re-payment plan, they said I was not eligible for the GI Bill unless I re-enlisted. Is that still true with the New GI Bill?

A: Yes it is. The way the rules read, you cannot have CLRP and the GI Bill at the same time for the same period of time. Being you incurred a three-year obligation when you opted for CLRP, it will take three years of service to repay back the obligation. At the end of the three years, (if you initially only enlisted for three years) and you reenlist, then you will start adding eligibility towards your Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you initially enlisted for six years, then you would not have reenlist to start establishing GI Bill eligibility; you would start working toward you eligibility at the end of your first three years.

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