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


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.


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