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Once My Montgomery GI Bill Is Gone, Can I Transfer to the Post 9/11 GI Bill to Finish My OJT?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have 15 days left on my Ch. 30. I am starting OJT and will be using my remaining 15 days. Once exhausted, is it possible to transfer to the Post 9/11 GI Bill for the remainder of my OJT? I was on active duty from 2000-2004 and a Reservist from 2009 to the present, and then activated from 03/2011-05/2012.

A: Yes it is possible to change GI Bills. Due to your active duty service after September 10, 2001 and your activation while a Reservist, you have more than the required three years of eligible service; you should be eligible for an additional 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100% tier.

However, when you change from one GI Bill to the other, you will notice a change in your monthly payment amount. Under the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), you would get paid 75% of the full-time MGIB rate for the first 6 months of OJT. Being you only have 15 days of MGIB left, that should amount to approximately $586.50.

Once you are under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you would receive 100% of your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) for the first six months of training. I can’t tell you exactly what that amount would be without knowing the zip code of your OJT program, but I can tell you that it averages about $1,300 per month across the United States. It is about double that amount if you are in New York City or LA.

For the second six months of benefits that you would have left, you would get 80% of the MHA. Your employer should be paying you up to the other 20% by now.

To change GI Bills, just go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990. Make sure you put an effective date in Block 9F in Part II that is well after you have used up your last day of MGIB benefits. As long as that date is after your MGIB benefits are exhausted, you would seamlessly roll over from the MGIB to the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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