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Having Never Had the Montgomery GI Bill, Am I Eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Having never participated/registered for the Montgomery GI Bill, am I eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill? How do I go about registering?

A: I’ll give you my standard answer – it depends. If you meet the eligibility requirement of having served for at least 90 days on a Title 10 order after September 10, 2001, then you at least meet the minimum Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility tier of 40%. Once you have at least three years of qualifying service, you will be at the 100% level. Anything in between will place you on a corresponding tier.

Your tier percentage makes a difference because if you are at less than 100%, you can’t use the Yellow Ribbon feature of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

There really isn’t any registering to getting the Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you are eligible for it., then send in VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website. In return, you will get your Certificate of Eligibility that will show how many months of benefits you have and at what percentage. You will have to hand in a copy of your certificate to your school when you enroll.

Keep in mind this is the amount of service required just for you to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you have plans to transfer any or all benefits to a spouse or dependent, then you need to have served for at least six years, be currently serving at the time of your request and generally have at least four years left on your enlistment at the time you make your transfer request.

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