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If I Join the Reserves, Do I Get Another GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If you used all 36 months of your Post 9/11 GI Bill from active duty service and then join the Reserves, do you get a new GI Bill since it’s different from active duty? Would this entitle you to 12 additional months of GI Bill benefits under the rule of “48” and would you still get the maximum benefit from your previous years of service?

A: I’m not sure what you mean when you said “still get the maximum benefit from your previous years of service”. If you used up all 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill, what benefit that you acquired while on active duty would you have left to use?

If you had the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, you had to give that up when you switched to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Also, you should have gotten back your MGIB $1,200 contribution fee when you used up the last of your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits; it should have come as part of your last housing allowance.

Anyway, if you sign up for at least 6 years in the Reserves, you would be eligible 12 months of the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) under the Rule of 48. However, that GI Bill only pays about $362 per month to go to school full-time, but you would also qualify for Federal Tuition Assistance, monthly drill pay and possibly other education benefits specific to your state. When you add it all together it starts to add up, but still nothing like the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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