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With Two Years of Service, How Many Months of GI Bill Benefits Would I Get?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am getting out of the Navy on an admin discharge and I only been in for 2 years. I heard that you get a percent of the GI Bill that you paid for. Can you give me and estimate on what my percentage might be?

A: If you signed up for the Montgomery GI Bill at the time you enlisted and paid your $1,200 contribution fee, then you most likely would have one month of entitlement for each month of service. That is normally how it is handled in cases where the servicemember does not finish the term of service agreed upon at the time of enlistment.

However in one case, you may be eligible for the full 36 months of MGIB benefits: if you had originally signed up for three years, served for at least 20 months (which you had) and were discharged at the Convenience of the Government.

Because you also reference “percentage” you may be referring to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. While you don’t have to pay for it – you also refer to paying for it in your question – you could get some eligibility with 24 months of service. Most likely, you would end up with 36 months of New GI Bill benefits at the 70% tier. That is assuming you had less than 6 months IDAT, as training months do not count toward Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility until you get over 24 months of service. If you had more than 6 months at Basic Training and “A” school , then you would probably be at the 60% tier.

As far as which one would be the best one to use: it is hard to determine what you would get under the Post 9/11 GI Bill because of so many unknown variables such as the zip code of your school and the number of credits you would take. I can tell you that under the MGIB, you would get $1,270 per month going to school full-time.

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