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Do I Qualfiy for the Post 9/11 GI Bill With Less Than 1 Year of Service?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: The question I had was referring to the 9/11 GI Bill. I was wondering if I qualified for that program because I was a former service member, however, I didn’t complete a full year of service. I would really appreciate if someone could call me back and let me know a little more about this program and if there is anything that can assist me in furthering my education from my time served in the Army.

A: To qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you have to meet two requirements. You must have:

  • received an honorable discharge and;
  • served at least a minimum of 90 days of eligible service on active duty, after September 10, 2001.

Basic and AIT time does not count toward eligible time as both of these are considered training requirements and training time does not count. So figuring you probably had about 4 months of training time, you would have had to been in for at least 7 months to meet minimum eligibility requirements. Ninety days to six months of eligible time would put you at the 40% tier. If you ended up with over six good months, you would be at the 50% tier.

Those percentages are the portion of maximum tuition and fees the VA would pay your school for up to 36 months along with the portion you would get of the housing allowance and book stipend.

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