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Does My AGR Time Also Qualify Me for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: After my deployment to Iraq, I got on board the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program. Does my time as AGR also qualify me for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: It does, but if adding in your AGR time increased your Post 9/11 GI Bill percentage, you can only collect back-pay back to August 1, 2009, the date when the Post 9/11 GI Bill first started.

As you already know, you picked up some Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility by deploying to Iraq. A typical one-year tour will put you at the 60% tier level. If you have a couple of years of AGR Title 32 time, then you should be at the 100% mark.

The change that allowed AGR time to count for Post 9/11 GI Bill purposes, came about when the GI Bill 2.0 went into effect, however you couldn’t claim benefits acquired under the AGR program until October 1, 2011.

Regardless of whether you have enough time or not to get 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, once you have six years of service and agree to serve an additional four years, you can access the transfer option and transfer some benefits to your wife or children. Just know the transfer recipient inherits the same percentage as the sponsor.

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