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If I Get Chaptered Out, Will I Still Get a Portion of the GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am going to be chaptered out for failure of APFT and was wondering if I would get a portion of the G.I. Bill. I will have been in for over a year when my chapter is carried out.

A: Whether you get to use any GI Bill benefits will depend on how the military codes your character of service. If they give you anything but a fully honorable character, you will not be able to use your benefits. If they code you as fully honorable, then your benefits will depend on which GI Bill you have.

If you signed up for the Montgomery GI Bill and made your $1,200 contribution, you won’t get anything, because you did not finish your enlistment contracted amount of time of either two or three years, depending on what you signed up for when you enlisted.

You would qualify for 36 months of educational entitlements under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, however, you would only be at the 50% tier, which is still better than nothing. The VA would pay 50% of your tuition and fees to your school and you would get 50% of the housing allowance and book stipend. But none of this will matter if they code you something different than fully honorable.

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