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Will a Pregnancy Discharge Affect My Post 9/11 GI Bill Eligibility?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’ve been reviewing the website and I’m looking to get out of the military due to pregnancy towards the end of this year (due date 4 Nov). My question is that I believe that the pregnancy is a general discharge, but with 4 years of service in, am i still eligible to use my G.I. bill if I choose to get out?

A: In the old days, a pregnancy “general” discharge was almost assured, however that has all changed.  Now, you can request a discharge for pregnancy, but it is up to your commander if he or she will approve it and also what type of characterization he or she will give you.

If you are a single or married to a military member and do not have a viable family care plan, you most likely will get discharged, but under general conditions. That would eliminate you from getting the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

However, if you have a solid family care plan, and have done everything within your control to keep it up-to-date, your commander may discharge you with an honorable discharge or he/she may decide to keep you in. With an honorable discharge, you would get full Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

When making these types of decisions, your commander will look at what is best for both you and the military. My point is for you to know that your:

  • discharge isn’t automatic;
  • discharge isn’t necessarily a “general”.

This decision is in the hands of your commander.

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