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I Want to Know If I Can Still Use My GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I want to know if i can still use my GI Bill?

A: I’ll give you my standard answer of “It depends”, because as you will see it does. It depends on which GI Bill you have and how long it has been since you were discharged from the military. If you have the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, it has a delimitation date of 10 years from date of discharge, meaning after 10 years from the time you got out, you lose the education benefit if you have not used it all up at that point.

If you have the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve, which is what Reservist and the National Guard members have, it expires 10 years from their Notice of Benefits Eligibility (NOBE) date, if they stay in the Reserve Component longer than 10 years, or it expires immediately upon discharge.

If you have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it also has a delimitation date, but it is 15 years from the date of discharge, so the earliest anyone’s New GI Bill will expire is around 2016 as the Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility did not start until 2001.

So as you can see, the answer really is it depends. Every GI Bill has a different set of rules that applies to it. Plus the rules keep changing, especially for the Post 9/11GI Bill, which makes it a real challenge keeping up with the changes.

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