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How Do I Check On My Montgomery GI Bill Status?

Q: I was on active duty in the Marine Corps from 1996-2000. I used my GI Bill for one course at my local community college. In 2001, I enlisted in the Army and still currently serving. I am not sure of my Montgomery GI Bill status.

A: Your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) status is probably still good as your GI Bill shelf life should start on the date of your last separation, which hasn’t happened yet. The MGIB has a 10-year delimiting date, meaning it is good for only 10 years from your date of discharge.

The good news is you are also eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You have more than enough service time (three years after September 10, 2001 on Title 10 orders) for 100% benefit eligibility. If that was the only GI Bill you had, or if you had the MGIB, but never used it, then you would normally get 36 months of benefits.

But, because you used your MGIB for one course, which was probably around 3 to 4 months of benefits, you should have around 32 months left of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, if you choose to switch.

Just know the Post 9/11 GI Bill also has a delimiting date – 15 years from your date of discharge – so be sure and use your benefits instead of losing them. Also note that if you switch to the Post 9/11 GI bill now, once you have used up all your New GI Bill benefits, you will get a portion of your $1,200 MGIB contribution back.

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