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Do I Have Any Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Benefits Left to Use?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I was in the Guard and used one year of my Montgomery GI Bill. I then turned 21 and thought drinking was better than school and now I am trying to get back to school. I was wondering if I have any benefits left since I only went to two semesters of school, however, I have been out of the Guard for two years now? I also did my boot camp and AIT Post 9-11 so do I qualify at all for the new GI Bill with an 8-month long AIT?

A: If the Montgomery GI Bill was the one you had while in the Guard – the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) – then no, you don’t have anything left. The MGIB-SR operates under a different set of rules than the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD), so your Guard GI Bill ended when you got out of the Guard. It would have ended 10 years from your date of Notice of Benefits Eligibility (NOBE) anyway, so depending on how long you were in, it might have already had expired before you got out.

If you have the MGIB-AD and depending on when you got out, you could have some benefits left. The MGIB also has a 10-year shelf life, but it starts on the day of your discharge.

And the news isn’t any better for the Post 9/11 GI Bill either. While you only need 90 days of Title 10 duty to establish eligibility, under its rules, training time does not count until you have at least 24 months of eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill time. Then you can pick up that training time in your eligibility.

So unless you deployed on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, you don’t have any Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits you can use.

2 responses on “Do I Have Any Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Benefits Left to Use?

I have an honorable discharge and am in the Voc-rehab program that is using my VA benefits. I am getting kicked out of the Army reserves and was wondering if this discharge from the reserves will affect my Voc-rehab benefits or my G.I. Bill from my active duty honorable discharge. Aren’t the reserves and active duty two separate contracts and what you earned on one does not affect the other.

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