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Will a Bad Discharge from One Term of Service Affect a Prior Term?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If I did 4 years active in the Navy from 2003 to 2007 and left with an honorable discharge. I used the G.I. Bill for a stint and then got back into the National Guard, but ended up dishonorably discharged. Did I lose the remaining amount of my Navy G.I. Bill?

A: No, you did not lose the remaining amount of your G.I. Bill from when you were in the Navy. Your two periods of service are considered separate, so your National Guard discharge does not have any effect on your Navy period of service. Whatever Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits you have left, you can still use.

Because you have over three years of service after September 10, 2001, you also qualify for the new Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Once you exhaust your Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits, switch to the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and get up to an additional 12 months of education benefits. If you switch now, you will only get the same number of months as you currently have under your old G.I. Bill. Under the VA’s Rule of 48, if you qualify for multiple G.I. Bills, you can get up to a maximum of 48 months of education benefit.

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