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With a General Discharge, Will I Rate the Post 9 /11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m getting medically discharged with a general under honorable condition after 20 months of service. Will I rate the Post 9/11 GI Bill? Will I rate if after 6 months when I send in an appeal?

A: First, why are you going to wait six months to send in an appeal? Waiting six months is an old myth that just won’t die as is the myth that discharges will be automatically upgraded after six months. Neither is true. If you have the justification for an upgrade, then send it in as soon as you are discharged. It can 6 to 12 months to get back a decision.

Start your appeal process, by applying to the Discharge Review Board. On your DD Form 293, you can indicate whether you want just a records review or a personal appearance hearing.

If that Board does not upgrade your appeal, then you can apply to the Board of Corrections of Military Records. That process starts with filling out DD Form 149. This way you get two different Boards looking at your upgrade appeal. The last Board is the end of the road if neither upgrades your appeal.

After 20 months of service, you would have 36 months of education benefits at the 70% Post 9/11 GI Bill rate, but as you know, if your upgrade request does not go though, then you most likely will not be able to use your GI Bill education benefits.

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