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If I Used 3 Years of My MGIB-SR, Can I Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill Too?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I used the MGIB-SR and kicker for 3 years in college while I was in the National Guard. When I graduated, I went active duty as an officer. Since I used almost 3 years of the MGIB-SR in college, would I be eligible for 9/11 GI Bill now because I went active duty after my guard time? Thanks.

A: Yes you would be also authorized the Post 9/11 GI Bill, provided you had served for at least 90-days on a Title 10 order, which as an officer you probably served for at least three years which is needed to attain the 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill tier.

But because you already used three years of MGIB-SR benefits, the most you could get under the Post 9/11 GI Bill would be 12 months. Under the Rule of 48, if you qualify for two or more GI Bills, the maximum combined months of benefits can’t exceed 48 months.

Just as a note, you could also qualified at least for minimum Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits if you had served on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation for at least 90 days after September 10, 2001 as a National Guardsman.

It is too bad you used up your 36 months of benefits under the MGIB-SR and kicker, because that GI Bill does not pay much and you could have gotten much more under the New GI Bill, but that is all water over the dam.

If you want your additional 12 months of benefits, send in VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website.

2 responses on “If I Used 3 Years of My MGIB-SR, Can I Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill Too?

I have this friend…! Really.

He used 36 months of MGIB-SR in the mid 90’s. Since then he went active duty in 2000. He could have, at any time made the 1200.00 pmt to get another 36 months MGIB-AD, but has not. Can he get 36 months of post-911 GI Bill?

What if he paid the 1200.00 to get the MGIB-AD and then put in for the post 911 GIB and asked for a refund of the 1200.00 after the fact?

No he can’t get the full 36 months. Under the Rule of 48, if he qualifies for two or more GI Bills, the maximum number of months of benefits he can get is 48 months. So if he already use 36 of those months, the most he can now get is 12 additional months.

At this point, it would not do him any good to sign up for the MGIB and pay in the $1,200 contribution fee to just get 12 additional months of benefits, when he could get those same 12 months for free under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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