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If I Only Served 24 Months, Am I Still Eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If an active duty member in the Army served more than 24 months of his current enlistment and is being discharged (honorably), is he still eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: Yes, you secured minimum Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits after serving your first 90-days after you completed IADT and whatever other training time you may have incurred, along with your honorable discharge. Training time does not count toward Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility.

What you will not get with 24 months of service is 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill – that takes at least three years of eligible service. With 24 months of eligible time, you will be at the 80% level, meaning you would get 80% of your tuition, fees, housing allowance and book stipend paid instead of 100%. Also, at less than the 100% level, you would not be eligible to use the Yellow Ribbon Program.

2 responses on “If I Only Served 24 Months, Am I Still Eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

^^^ The statement is not correct (the only part that is is about the Yellow Ribbon Program) If you have not served 36 continous months on Active duty you are not fully eligble to receive the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You are however still eligible to receive a percentage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you served 24 months in the service you will minus the number of days you were in training both AIT and Basic (because you did not serve at least 910 days. Based on the calculations you are eligible to receive at least 70%. You can go to this website:

Re-read my answer. I didn’t say full benefits, I said minimum benefits. With 90- days of service after the completion of training time, he/she would qualify at the 40% tier. To get to the 100% tier requires three years.


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