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Can I Use My GI Bill With 2 Years of Service and An Administrative Discharge?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: 1) If I sign up for the MGIB and get an Administrative Discharge a few days after my 2 year mark in the Army, am I still eligible to use it? 2) For Military members who sign up for the MGIB and finished shortly after the Post 9/11 GI Bill came into effect, does the MGIB transfer into the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: Whether you can use the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) or not will depend on the character of service of your Administrative Discharge. If it is anything less than fully Honorable (under Honorable conditions doesn’t count), then no you won’t be able to use your MGIB. If it is fully Honorable, then yes you can. However, with only two years in, you will get one month of benefit for each month served – or 24 months of benefit paid up to $1,368 per month.

To answer your second question, it really depends on the amount of time defined by “finished shortly”. To qualify for minimum Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit (36 months at 40%), you must serve 90 days after September 10, 2001. To get the maximum benefit (36 months at 100%) requires three years after the September date.

If you get the Honorable character of service, you would end up at a tier percentage equating to the amount of time you had post-September 10, 2001. If you meet the eligibility requirement, you have the option to convert to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, however it is not automatic; you have to request it using VA Form 22-1990.

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