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Shouldn’t I Get a Break Just Like Normal Students?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Break pay is when there is a break in school less than the previous time you went to school right? Shouldn’t we be able to take summer off and still get paid because it is less time than the previous term? Normally 12 terms but summer is 8? I’m a full-time student but I feel like I should get a break just like normal students that get the summer time off.

A: You are partially correct. Break pay is authorized when the number of days of the break is less than the number of days in the previous and successive term, BUT less than 56 days. That is the part that prevents you from getting break pay; your summer break is over 56 days long.

However, break pay really won’t be an issue after August 2011 because the Post 9/11 GI Bill fix legislation, that just passed and is pay waiting for the President’s signature, eliminates break pay. Also keep in mind that depending on which GI Bill you have, break pay can also use up entitlement and all you are getting for it basically is the housing allowance. While it is nice to have the income, it isn’t a very good use of your entitlement.

Normal students (as you put it) do have the summer off from school, but most are working their tails off trying to earn enough money to keep them in school for another year. You at least have the GI Bill to help pay for your education – they don’t.

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