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Does the GI Bill Work for the Marine Reserves?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hey guys, I was wondering… Does the GI Bill work for the Marine Reserves as well? And if so can you go to school while serving the 4 years?

A: It depends on which GI Bill you are referring to – you could be eligible for up to three:

If you never deployed or never served in one of the active duty branches, then you only have the MGIB-SR. You have 10 years from your Notice of Benefits Eligibility (NOBE) to use up your education benefits. If you stay in the Marine Reserves for less than 10 years, your benefits expire upon your separation from the Reserves.

If you served on active duty in the Marines or another service branch and you had signed up for the MGIB and made your $1,200 contribution, then you have education benefits that you can use up to 10 years from your date of discharge from active duty.

If you had at least one deployment on a Title 10 order, then you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Under that Bill, you have 15 years from your date of discharge from the Marine Reserves to use up those benefits.

Also, if you have served for at least six years in the Armed Forces and agree to serve for an additional four years, you can transfer your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your spouse and/or dependent children. Just know that the recipient will inherit the same percentage of benefits as the one making the transfer, so if you are at the 60% level, your recipient will also be at the 60% level.

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