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Does a Second Term Bad Discharge Affect My Post 9/11 GI Bill Status?


Q: OK, so I served on active duty from Jan. 2004 to Jan. 2008 and separated with a honorable discharge. Six months later, I joined the National Guard. I have already applied through the VA, got an acceptance letter and will be starting school in Sep. If I were to receive anything other than an honorable discharge from the National Guard, how would that affect my Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: No, even if you get a bad discharge from the National Guard, it will not affect your Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility from an earlier active duty term that you had with an honorable discharge.

You do have a couple of other education options that you might want to explore. You are most likely eligible to use the National Guard’s Tuition Assistance program to help you go to school. And every state has a variety of education benefits available to their Guard members. It doesn’t hurt to know all your options before deciding on which one to use.

Most Guardsmen have the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve, but since you already have made your selection for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you will have to stay with that one, which is a much better Bill anyway.


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