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As an Active Reservist, When Do I Qualify for the New GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am a soldier in the active reserve. As I understand, when I reach 36 months of active reserve duty I qualify at 100% for the new GI-Benefits for education. Am I correct? Thank You

A: First, let’s clarify active reserves. If you are talking about a drilling reservist – attending drill one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer – no that does not qualify you for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It does qualify you for the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve.

If you are talking about being a full-time reservist on Title 10 orders, then yes, you would qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill after three years of service, except for the transfer option. You need at least six years of service and agree to serve an additional four years to get that benefit of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you are Title 32, then your time does not count toward the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Otherwise, to get the Post 9/11 GI Bill as a drilling reservist, you need to be mobilized for three years of Title 10 active duty.

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