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If I Served Both on Active Duty and in the Reserves, What Are My GI Bill Benefits?

Q: If I served 6 years on active duty and then later on signed up with the reserves for another 3 years, what are my educations benefits as a reservist? Considering that I paid $1,200 for MGIB while I was on active duty prior.

A: You have the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD), but not the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) because you did not sign up for a six-year Reserve enlistment. The MGIB-AD would pay you $1,421 per month up to 36 months for you to go to school.

Depending on when you were on active duty (or if you deployed as a Reservist), you might also qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Under this GI Bill, the VA pays your tuition and fees and you get up to $1,000 per year in a book stipend and a monthly housing allowance. As a note, if you give up your MGIB-AD benefits and switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, once you use up your 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, you get your $1,200 MGIB-AD contribution back.

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